MALONE, N.Y. — Escaped murderer Richard Matt was shot and killed by authorities near Lake Titus Friday afternoon, three weeks after he and David Sweat broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility, reports say.


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More gunfire broke out as police chased Sweat on foot, though it’s unclear whether he’s been apprehended or injured, The New York Times reports.

The shooting happened in Franklin County, days after investigators found DNA evidence of the men in two hunting cabins.

More than 1,100 officers have been involved in the search for Matt, costing the state about $1 million a day, CNN reported.

Matt and David Sweat broke out of their separate cells and were discovered missing by a guard during bed checks around 5:30 a.m. June 6. They left behind evidence of a movie-like escape from the prison and a taunting note.

Two prison officials have been charged with helping the men escape.

Prison corrections officer Gene Palmer is accused of giving the inmates art supplies, tools and access to the catwalks behind the walls of their cell to do electrical work, ABC News reports.

Joyce Mitchell, 51, is accused of having sex with one of the prisoners multiple times and helping them escape.

Sweat was serving a sentence of life without parole after he caused the death of the death of a Broome County Sheriff’s Deputy on July 4, 2002. He was convicted of first-degree murder in Broome County and taken to the Clinton prison Oct. 30, 2003.

Matt was serving a sentence of 25 years to life after he kidnapped a male and and beat him to death Dec. 3, 1997. He was convicted of three counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping, and two counts of robbery in Niagara County. He was transferred to Clinton jail on July 10, 2008.

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