Mississippi Fugitive Rafael McCloud Fatally Shot After Forcing Way Into Home: Police
Rafael McCloud, 33, center, is escorted to a holding cell by Vicksburg, Miss., police investigators at the Vicksburg Police Department after his initial court appearance in the abduction and death of Sharon Wilson, 69, on July 1, 2015.AP
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The tense pursuit for McCloud began after he used a makeshift knife to overpower a guard at the Warren County Jail in Vicksburg on March 2. Authorities believed he was still in the area.
McCloud faced capital murder charges in the kidnapping and slaying of 69-year-old Sharon Wilson, who police say was badly beaten and raped last June. Her body was found in an abandoned hospital by ghost hunters who noticed a trail of blood, WLBT reported.
McCloud had previous felony convictions for auto burglary, grand larceny and armed robbery.
Erik Ortiz is an NBC News staff writer focusing on racial injustice and social inequality.