Richard Matt, one of the two prisoners who escaped from an upstate New York prison three weeks ago, has been shot and killed Friday, according to NBC News.
Matt was shot about 40 miles from the prison he escaped from, south of the town Malone, New York, Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill of Franklin County told MSNBC. Matt was shot hours after the police reported that the prisoners may be heading to Canada.
The officers who have been involved in this manhunt are still searching for the other escapee, David Sweat.
A burglary was reported at a cabin in Malone on Thursday, where evidence was found and is now being tested.
“There has been no definitive credible sighting based on a physical description to pair with the evidence, but we’re certain that the evidence is conclusive,” State Police Major Charles Guess stated at a news conference, Friday.
There was a serious breach in security protocol considering the prisoners were reported missing only after having sawed through their cell walls, working their way through the building and out from a nearby manhole.
Two prison employees have been charged in connection with the prisoners’ June 6 escape. There was a series of security lapses. Investigators from the New York State Inspector General’s Office are looking into the security breaches that led to Matt and Sweat’s breakout.
One of the prison employees charged, Joyce Mitchell, reportedly helped the two escape. Authorities reported that she was romantic with 49-year-old Matt and had smuggled in tools to the men inside raw meat packages.
The second worker, Gene Palmer, reportedly delivered the packages.
Matt, who had escaped prison before in 1986, was sentenced to 25 year to like in 2008 for murdering and dismembering a businessman. A fisherman, in Niagra River, discovered the victim’s torso.
Sweat, 35, who is still on the run, was sentenced to life without parole after pleading guilty to the first-degree murder of sheriff deputy Kevin Tarsia, in 2002.
The police are still searching for Sweat. They suspect that the two had stuck together.