Prosecutor: Shootings of two prison escapees were justified

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A prosecutor has concluded that law enforcement officials were justified in shooting two killers who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York and led authorities on a three-week manhunt.

Franklin County Acting District Attorney Glenn MacNeill says there was ``a very real concern'' that inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat could be armed.

MacNeill said Thursday that evidence showed they broke into several camps, a shotgun was missing and other guns could have been taken.

He says a border patrol tactical team found Matt lying by a log June 26. He says Matt ignored commands to show his hands and instead pointed a shotgun at an agent, who fatally shot Matt.

MacNeill says Sweat ran away, ignoring commands to stop and warnings he'd be shot if he didn't.