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Escaped murderer Richard Matt killed in shootout with police

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MALONE, N.Y. (AP) — The latest on the hunt for two inmates who escaped from a maximum-security prison (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

New York’s U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says a murderer who escaped from a maximum-security prison three weeks ago was tracked by dogs and was shot and killed by a federal border patrol agent from Vermont.

He says Richard Matt was killed Friday afternoon.

Schumer was briefed by U.S. Border Patrol and by the U.S. Marshals Service, which had placed Matt and fellow escapee David Sweat on its 15 Most Wanted fugitives list.

Sweat is still being sought. Police looking for Sweat are trucking floodlights into a heavily wooded area in Malone where they believe he’s hiding and where Matt was killed.

Schumer says searchers closed in on the pair after receiving a 911 call from a woman who overnight heard “an intruder” knock on her door. He says the woman called police, who brought in tracking dogs.

He says officers then found Matt and killed him.

A prison guard and a prison tailor shop instructor have been accused of helping the inmates escape.

6:05 p.m.

Police looking for a killer who escaped from an upstate New York maximum-security prison three weeks ago are trucking floodlights into an area where they believe he’s hiding.

An inmate who escaped with him on June 6 has been shot and killed nearby in a heavily wooded area in Malone, 30 miles from the prison.

An official with knowledge of the three-week manhunt says Richard Matt was killed Friday afternoon and David Sweat is being sought. The official wasn’t authorized to talk about the development publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

Police have blocked off roads in Malone.

Authorities say Matt and Sweat used power tools to break out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, near the Canadian border.

A prison guard and a prison tailor shop instructor have been accused of helping the inmates escape by smuggling them tools hidden inside hamburger meat.

Associated Press writer Michael Virtanen contributed to this report.

5:50 p.m.

An escaped prisoner who was shot and killed had been spotted by a law enforcement agent in a heavily wooded area of upstate New York where the search for him and a fellow escapee had been focused recently.

Police haven’t revealed details of what led to the Friday afternoon shooting.

An official with knowledge of the three-week manhunt says Richard Matt was killed and David Sweat is being sought. The official wasn’t authorized to talk about the development publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

Police have blocked off roads in Malone, where the shooting happened.

Authorities say Matt and Sweat used power tools to break out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, about 30 miles away.

A prison guard and a prison tailor shop instructor have been accused of helping the inmates escape by smuggling them tools hidden inside hamburger meat.

Associated Press writer Michael Virtanen contributed to this report.

5:20 p.m.

Police have blocked off roads in a heavily wooded area of upstate New York where an escaped prisoner sought for three weeks has been shot dead and another is still on the run.

An official with knowledge of the manhunt says Richard Matt was killed and David Sweat is being sought. The official wasn’t authorized to talk about the development publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on the condition of anonymity.

Authorities say Matt and Sweat used power tools to break out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, near the Canadian border.

Sweat was serving a sentence of life without parole in the killing of a sheriff’s deputy. Matt was serving 25 years to life for the killing and dismembering of his former boss.

A prison guard and a prison tailor shop instructor have been accused of helping the inmates escape by smuggling them tools hidden inside hamburger meat.

Associated Press writer Michael Virtanen contributed to this report.

4:45 p.m.

One of two convicted killers who staged a brazen escape from an upstate New York maximum-security prison and had been hunted for three weeks has been shot and killed.

An official with knowledge of the manhunt says Richard Matt was killed and David Sweat is still on the run. The official wasn’t authorized to talk about the development publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on the condition of anonymity.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) says Matt and Sweat used power tools to saw through a steel cell wall and several steel steam pipes, bashed a hole through a 2-foot-thick brick wall, squirmed through pipes and escaped early on June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, near the Canadian border.

Sweat was serving a sentence of life without parole in the killing of a sheriff’s deputy in Broome County in 2002. Matt was serving 25 years to life for the killing and dismembering of his former boss.

A prison guard and a prison tailor shop instructor have been accused of helping the inmates escape.

Associated Press writer Michael Virtanen contributed to this report.

4:30 p.m.

Police searching for two escaped inmates are converging on an area near the Canadian border where officers had concentrated their search, but the reason isn’t immediately clear.

There was no immediate word from state officials about the response Friday.

It comes as searchers on the trail of Richard Matt and David Sweat found new evidence left behind by the pair. The area police are converging on is south of Malone, about 30 miles west of Clinton Correctional Facility.

Hundreds of officers looking for Richard Matt and David Sweat shifted the focus of their search slightly northwest to woods and fields around Malone

The pair escaped June 6.

1:20 p.m.

Authorities say more evidence left behind by two escaped New York prisoners has been found in an area near the Canadian border where more than 1,100 law enforcement officers are concentrating their search.

State police Maj. Charles Guess says the items were found Thursday at a cabin and Friday morning in a field, both in the town of Malone, 30 miles northeast of the maximum-security prison David Sweat and Richard Matt broke out of June 6. Guess says the items have been sent to a forensic lab for testing.

He isn’t revealing details about the items but refers to them as “significant.”

Other evidence was found last weekend in a hunting cabin in the neighboring town of Bellmont.

Guess says the search effort is moving north toward the Canadian border.

9:45 a.m.

Police are again shifting the focus of their search for two convicted murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York three weeks ago.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers have spent most of the past week concentrating on a heavily wooded area 20 miles west of Clinton Correctional Facility, where David Sweat and Richard Matt broke out June 6. Authorities say DNA evidence confirmed the fugitives had been inside a hunting camp near the hamlet of Mountain View.

By Friday morning, fewer officers were around the hamlet while others were searching a few miles north in the town of Malone, near the Canadian border.

A small contingent of New York state troopers is stationed along power lines in the town, and motorists have to pass through a checkpoint.

9:15 a.m.

New York state prison officials say the corrections officer charged after the escape of two convicted murderers has been suspended without pay.

Gene Palmer’s suspension from his $72,644-a-year job comes after he was arrested Wednesday night on charges of promoting prison contraband, tampering with evidence and official misconduct.

Palmer has told investigators he provided paint, tools and prison catwalk access to Clinton Correctional Facility inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat, who escaped June 6. But the 57-year-old veteran guard says he had no idea they were planning to escape.

Before the charges came down, Palmer was suspended with pay from his job at the northern New York prison.

He is free on $25,000 bail.

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