Escaped Convict Shot

Published: June 27, 2015

Escaped Convict Shot, Richard Matt, one of the two escaped convicts, has been shot dead by law enforcement, PEOPLE confirms.

In a briefing Friday evening, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed Matt’s death. “This afternoon there was a civilian complaint in the town of Malone,” he said. “The state police responded, they came upon a cabin and detected the smell of gunpowder.”

He continued: “The customs and border patrol helicoptered in. They came upon Matt, they engaged Mr. Matt and Mr. Matt was shot and killed.”

David Sweat, the second escaped convict, remains at large, despite conflicting reports saying that police are closing on him. “We have no reason to believe Mr. Sweat was not with Mr. Matt at the time, but we have no evidence he was either,” Cuomo said. “We don’t have anything to confirm where Mr. Sweat is at this time.”

Added New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico: “At 1:51 today we received a report that a person towing a camper believed their camper had been shot, they thought they had a flat, realized they didn’t have a flat and realized there was a bullet hole through the back of a camper. They notified police.

“As the governor indicated, we deployed teams to that area, we discovered the smell of gunpowder,” he said. “A tactical team met up with Matt in the woods, they challenged him, we recovered at 20-gauge shotgun at that location. We have no actual sighting of Sweat by law enforcement.

“We are going to maintain the perimeter that we have and until such time as we receive other information, we will be doing a very thorough search,” he continued, thanking the people in the communities that have been searched. “We do understand it is very intrusive to have the level of law enforcement we have maintained the past three weeks. We remain vigilant. Sweat is out there We will search 24 hours a day until we find him.”

Meanwhile, Matt’s shooting is under investigation. “We will be taking statements from the team involved in the shooting,” D’Amico said. “They verbally challenged him and told him to put up his hands. There were no shots fired by Matt at the scene.”

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