Escaped Prisoner Shot and Killed in New York

(NBC News)-One of two inmates on the run for weeks after escaping from a New York prison has been shot and killed.

Sources told NBC News that Richard Matt was fatally wounded near the town of Malone late Friday afternoon.

Matt and fellow inmate David Sweat escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York on June 6.

Authorities believe the pair were heading for the Canadian border and had found evidence linking them to break-ins at two cabins in the area.

More than 1,100 law enforcement officers have been involved in the manhunt for the two men.

At the time of the escape Matt was serving 25 years to life for murder; David Sweat was serving a life sentence for killing a sheriff’s deputy.

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