New York Prison Fugitive Richard Matt Shot and Killed By Police

Police are chasing fellow escapee David Sweat

Last Updated: June 26, 2015 @ 2:07 PM

New York prison escapee Richard Matt was shot and killed by police Friday, according to CNN.

Fellow fugitive David Sweat is being chased by police following the nearly three-week manhunt.

The pair, who were reported missing from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, on June 6 were thought to be heading to Canada.

Police shot Matt in Malone in New York state. DNA tests had previously been conducted at a cabin in the nearby area of Mountain View following a reported robbery.

Over 1,000 law enforcement officers had been pursuing new leads in the mass man hunt for the fugitives, State Police Maj. Charles Guess said at a news conference Friday. The search had been focused on a densely wooded area roughly 20 miles west of the prison.

Two prison employees have been charged in connection with the men’s elaborate breakout and the New York State Inspector General’s Office is investigating possible breaches of security protocols that allowed them to escape.

Matt was serving 25 years to life in prison after he kidnapped and beat a man to death in 1997.

Sweat was serving a life sentence after he was convicted of killing a Broome County sheriff’s deputy in 2002.

The Clinton Correctional Facility is located approximately 20 miles from the U.S.-Canada border.

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