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The Latest: Body of escaped killer released to funeral home

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) — The latest on the capture of one convicted murderer from a maximum-security prison and the killing of the other (all times local):

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11:30 a.m.

The body of prison escapee Richard Matt has been released to a funeral home in northern New York.

A spokesman for Heald Funeral Home in Plattsburgh says Thursday that Matt’s body is being transported from a Malone hospital to the funeral home before it’s taken to Tonawanda in western New York. Matt’s son in the Buffalo area has said he would claim the body, but it’s not clear if that has happened.

Matt and David Sweat broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6. Matt was tracked down three weeks later and shot and killed by a U.S. border agent.

Sweat was wounded and captured two days after Matt was killed. He remains hospitalized in fair condition Thursday at an Albany hospital.

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7 a.m.

Federal authorities say the U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot Richard Matt opened fire on the escaped murderer after he aimed a 20-gauge shotgun at the officer.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s statement released Thursday on the killing of the 49-year-old escapee is the first official indication that Matt aimed the weapon at officers before being shot. Officials had said the border agent opened fire after Matt failed to comply with commands to raise his hands.

Matt and David Sweat broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility in northern New York on June 6. Matt was tracked down on June 26.

A Border Patrol tactical team flew to the scene and began searching a wooded area around 3:45 p.m. The agency says soon after, Matt was spotted lying down behind a fallen tree.

Sweat was wounded by a state trooper Sunday and remains hospitalized.

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