16 May 2013

One of PNG's Kapris jailbreak trio shot dead by police

5:12 am on 16 May 2013

One of three prisoners who on Tuesday broke out from a maximum security prison in Papua New Guinea's capital has been shot dead by police.

The deceased escapee, 34 year old Michael Warangu, was shot about a kilometre from the Bomana prison after an exchange in which he reportedly fired at police.

Police say Warangu was injured while escaping and couldn't keep up with his two fellow escapees, Raphael Walimini and PNG's most notorious bank robber William Kapris who remain at large.

A large manhunt by police and corrections officers is underway.

The NCD Metropolitan Police Commander Andy Bawa has appealed to Kapris and Walimani to surrender or face the same fate as their fellow escapee.

He also warned that any members of the public who are assisting the two escapees will feel the full force of the law.

Preliminary police investigations confirm that the escape was aided by members of the Correctional Services.