By Therese Apel
VICKSBURG, Miss. (Reuters) - Mississippi police said they believe an inmate who escaped from jail last week broke into a house on Thursday and was shot dead by a resident after a struggle.
Rafael McCloud, 34, used a homemade knife to take a jail employee hostage last week and escaped from the Warren County Jail in Vicksburg, police said.
McCloud is believed to be the dead suspect, but the burglar has not yet been positively identified, Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong said at a news conference.
"This community has been on edge for a very long time," he added.
Armstrong declined to provide details about the encounter inside the house, which he said remained under investigation.
The Vicksburg Post reported that the family was bound and held hostage, and that the husband managed to break away and shot dead the intruder.
The husband sustained non-life threatening injuries, Armstrong said.
McCloud had been held on charges including rape and capital murder in the death of a woman last June.
(Editing by Letitia Stein and Richard Chang)