A manhunt for the remaining New York escaped prisoner, David Sweat, continues after escaped convict Richard Matt was shot and killed by law enforcement officers early today. Buffalo News reported that Matt was shot and killed by law enforcement in Malone, New York. The town is located about 40 miles from Dannemora, where the maximum prison that both convicted murders escaped from on June 6.
According to reports, law enforcement received the tip that led them to the prisoners from a man in Malone. The man reportedly heard gun shots and later realized after that there were bullet holes in his camper. Law enforcement sent a tactical team to the area after the man called them to report the incident. A shoot out involving both escapees and law enforcement ensued, leaving Matt fatally shot. Sweat is still on the loose and believed to be armed. It is believed that he is in the nearby woods where the search for him is till underway.
According to Fox News a law enforcement official confirmed that Richard Matt was fatally shot by Customs Border Protection agents from the Department of Homeland Security. Matt was shot in a remote location near two hunting cabins where it is believed both he a Sweat had been hiding out.
The manhunt for Sweat continues with law enforcement combing the nearby woods on foot, and using K-9 dogs who reportedly have a good track on the missing man. Floodlights are being brought in by truck to the area, and roads in Malone have been blocked off.
Sweat and Matt used power tools to break out of Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6. It was the first escape in the history of the New York maximum security portion of the prison. The prison was built in 1845.
By Jessica Hamel
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