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Arizona Fugitive Arrested at Campsite

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PHOENIX, AZ (AP)---The last of three inmates who escaped from an Arizona prison three weeks ago says if he had been able to reach his gun, he would have shot at the officers who showed up to arrest him.

John McCluskey and his fiancee were captured at a campsite Friday evening. Casslyn Welch is accused of helping McCluskey and two other inmates escape last month. She and McCluskey are also linked to the murders of a couple in New Mexico.

Authorities say a ranger with the U.S. Forest Service spotted an unattended campfire and a car that it appeared someone was trying to hide. When the ranger talked to McCluskey, he got fidgety.

It wasn't long before a SWAT team swarmed on the couple.

Authorities say Welch reached for a weapon, but dropped it when
she realized she was outgunned.

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