After spending 21 days searching for the two missing New York prison escaped murderers, a federal border patrol agent located prison inmate Richard Matt and shot him after he refused to lower his weapon. Officials on Friday have shot down reported accounts that Sweat was engaged in a gun battle with officers or that he had been shot or captured. Police believe Sweat is nearby and officers established a perimeter as they searched for him Friday night.
Matt was killed by a border patrol agent around 3:45 p.m. south of Malone. State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico confirmed the shooting of Matt late Friday. D’Amico said Matt did not fire his weapon, which authorities believe was stolen a week ago from an unattended hunting cabin around Black Cat Mountain. Matt was serving a 25-years-to-life sentence for the 1997 kidnapping, torture and hacksaw dismemberment of his boss when he and Sweat cut their way out of the maximum-security prison. Sweat was serving a life sentence without parole for killing a sheriff’s deputy. Matt fled to Mexico and was arrested for stabbing an American to death outside a bar in a robbery attempt. He was returned to the United States to face trial in the businessman’s killing.
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