A convicted killer who broke out of a maximum-security New York prison three weeks ago was shot dead by authorities on Friday, police said, as they continued to hunt for his fellow escapee.
Richard Matt, 49, was killed in the upstate town of Malone, less than 16 kilometres from the Canadian border, officials said.
Authorities found Matt near a cabin after he apparently fired at a van attempting to carry out a carjacking.
The men had broken out of Clinton Correctional Facility, about 65 kilometres from Malone, on June 6 in a Hollywood-style prison break. They had used power tools to cut their way out of their cells, triggering an intense manhunt involving 1,100 personnel backed by helicopters.afp