Washington inmate killed in escape attempt: prison

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Posted: Jun 29, 2011 7:13 PM

SEATTLE (Reuters) - 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, the prison said in a written release.

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

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

The officer was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital, the release said.

The prison did not say how Maldonado, who is serving a 163-year sentence, was subdued or if he had attempted to escape along with Newland.

The 858-inmate prison remained on lockdown on Wednesday afternoon. Calls to the state's Department of Corrections were not immediately returned.

(Reporting by Laura L. Myers, Editing by Dan Whitcomb)