Clallam Bay prison guard in shooting back at work

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CLALLAM BAY, Wash. (AP) -- A Clallam Bay Corrections Center guard who killed an inmate during an escape attempt has returned to work.

The Peninsula Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/pLrRCK ) the Clallam County prosecuting attorney's office determined the shooting in June was justified and Sgt. Brad Hatt was cleared by a psychologist and the state attorney general's office to return last week.

The prison says a guard who was taken hostage during the escape attempt remains on leave pending the completion of a mental evaluation.

Hatt fatally shot Kevin Newland, a murder convict, as the inmate rammed the perimeter fence with a forklift.

Another inmate, Dominick Maldonado, who took the hostage, surrendered after Newland was shot.

Maldonado is serving a 163-year sentence for a 2005 shooting rampage at Tacoma Mall that wounded seven people.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com