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A convicted murderer was shot and killed at a Washington state prison on Wednesday as he tried to escape in a forklift, authorities said.

Kevin Newland, 25, was shot by a guard at Clallam Bay Corrections Center after driving the forklift through a set of doors and crashing it into a perimeter fence, Washington Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis said.

Newland had been serving a 45-year term for first-degree murder at the prison, located on the remote Olympic Peninsula’s northwest tip, about 150 miles northwest of Seattle.

During the escape attempt a second inmate, 25-year-old Dominick Maldonado, who is serving a 163-year sentence, took a corrections officer hostage using a pair of scissors.

Source: Laura L. Myers for Reuters.

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