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One of the escaped New York fugitives is killed in a shootout with police

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A corrections officer and a forest ranger on the hunt for David Sweat, near where Richard Matt was killed in upstate New York today.
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After a prolonged hunt for two escaped convicts in New York, one of the escapees was killed by law enforcement agents in a shootout near the Canadian border today.

Federal agents shot and killed Richard Matt, 48, in a remote area in the Adirondack mountains after tracking him from a hunting cabin, police officials told media outlets including the New York Times and New York Post. His fellow escapee, 35-year-old David Sweat, is still on the run.

The men, both convicted murderers, made headlines when they escaped from a high-security prison in upstate New York on June 6. Local police and federal investigators have been pursuing Matt and Sweat ever since, on the suspicion that they would try to cross the wooded border separating the United States and Canada.

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