Escaped killer shot 3 times in the head

RAY BROOK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Autopsy results on the remains of Richard Matt determined the cause of death to be “severe skull fractures and brain injuries due to gunshot wounds to the head.”

In a press release the New York State Police says, “a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Tactical Unit member discharged several rounds from a semi-automatic weapon striking Matt in the head three times.”

The autopsy was conducted on June 27, at the Albany Medical Center by Dr. Michael Sikirica.

Further examination of the body revealed bug bites on the lower extremities, blisters and other minor abrasions. All consistent with living in the woods for three weeks.

Officials say, toxicology results are currently pending.

Richard Matt was gunned down in a wooded area about 30 miles from the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility on June 26.

Police continue focusing their efforts on a heavily wooded 22 square mile perimeter along State Route 30 in the search for David Sweat. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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