Wash. state inmate killed during escape attempt

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CLALLAM BAY, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities say a Washington state prison inmate is dead after being shot by a guard during an escape attempt that involved a man convicted of wounding seven people during a 2005 mall rampage in Tacoma.

State Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis says Dominick Maldonado, an inmate at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center, took a corrections officer hostage with a pair of scissors just after 10 a.m. Wednesday.

At the same time, another inmate drove a forklift out the doors of a work area and into a prison fence. A corrections officer shot and killed the forklift driver, who has been identified as 25-year-old Kevin Newland.

Newland was serving a 45-year sentence for first-degree murder in Spokane County.

Lewis says the hostage situation ended with minor injuries to the guard.

The 25-year-old Maldonado is serving a 163-year sentence for numerous charges related to a 2005 shooting spree at the Tacoma Mall.