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)