( 4UMF NEWS ) Escaped Inmate Shot By Police:
As New York State Police say they are zeroing in on two escaped inmates, media reports on Friday indicated that gunfire had broken out in the rugged, mountainous area of the search and that one of the killers may have been shot and seriously wounded.
The Daily Beast, quoting unidentified knowledgeable sources, says one of the escapees, Richard Matt, was shot and seriously wounded near Lake Titus, N.Y.
The New York Times, quoting two people knowledgable about the situation, reports that gunfire was reported in the area of the intense search.
State police, meanwhile, said Friday that new evidence found at a campsite and field give them a “high degree of confidence” that two escaped killers are headed toward the Canadian border, traveling primarily at night.
Major Charles Guess, Troop B commander of the New York State Police, said evidence found Friday prompted officers to concentrate their search north and west of the town of Malone, N.Y., 10 miles south of the Canadian border.
Matt, 49, and David Sweat, 35, and escaped from the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., on June 6 by cutting through a metal wall and some pipes and tunnels, then crawling from a manhole outside prison walls. Malone is about 30 miles northeast of the prison.
Sweat was serving a life sentence without parole for killing a sheriff’s deputy. Matt was doing 25 years to life for the 1997 kidnapping, torture and hacksaw dismemberment of his former boss.
Guess would not discuss the nature of the latest evidence but called it “significant.”
“Based on what we know, we have a high degree of confidence in our conclusion,” he said.
Malone, with a population of about 15,000 people, is located in rugged, mountainous terrain in Franklin County.
The Press-Republican newspaper, quoting unidentified sources, reports that DNA evidence taken at two sites, including a cabin in the Malone area, confirmed the recent presence of the fugitives.
Similar DNA evidence showed that the pair had been at a hunting camp last Saturday in Mountain View, about 10 miles southeast of Malone.
Guess said 1,100 officers — local, state and federal — are involved in the search in what he called “rugged, tenacious” forests and mountains. He said the weather has been as hard on the inmates as on the officers looking for them.
As police concentrated their efforts in the new area, residents began receiving robocalls starting at 7 a.m. Friday alerting them to the increased presence of law enforcement officers.
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