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One of two escaped killers shot dead by police

Richard Matt (right) has been killed, officials said
Richard Matt (right) has been killed, officials said

One of two convicted killers who escaped from a New York maximum security prison has been shot and killed.

Richard Matt has been killed and David Sweat is still on the run, officials said.

Matt and Sweat used power tools to saw through a steel cell wall and several steel steam pipes, made a hole through a 2-foot-thick brick wall 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.

More than 450 federal and state law enforcement officers have taken part in the search, including customs agents, federal marshals and park rangers.

The killers' mugshots have been put on more than 50 digital billboards in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, state police said, and a 100,000 US dollar (£64,500) reward has been posted.