Escaped Mississippi murder suspect killed in home invasion

Escaped murder suspect Rafael Arnez McCloud was shot dead Thursday during a home burglary in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.

“It appears at this time that Rafael McCloud entered the home, attacked the occupants of the home and at some point the occupant of the home was able to retrieve their own gun and Rafael McCloud was shot and killed in their own home,” Pace told CNN.

McCloud had been in the home “for some time” before someone was able to call 911, Pace said.

McCloud, 34, escaped last week after taking a jail employee hostage with a makeshift weapon, authorities have said.

Authorities had been searching for him for more than a week.

He had been in custody on charges in the killing of Sharon Wilson, 69, whose body was found in an abandoned hospital in late June, according to the Vicksburg Police Department. She had been hit in the head and beaten. Investigators have said McCloud admitted to kidnapping Wilson from her home and dumping her body in the grass behind the hospital.

He was charged with capital murder, sexual battery, rape, arson, home invasion, weapon possession by a felon, grand larceny auto theft and burglary in connection with the slaying. He pleaded not guilty in January. (CNN)