Two inmates escaped from a prison in Agua Zarcas early Thursday but a guard in a tower gunned down one just a few feet outside the razor wire.
The Ministerio de Justicia y Paz quickly blamed the escape on the over population of prisons and the poor infrastructure. However, the ministry said that an investigation would be done.
The dead man was John Marcos Martínez Gómez, 23. He suffered multiple wounds and died some 50 meters from the final row of wire. The escape happened at the Centro de Atención Institucional La Marina between 3 and 3:20 a.m.
A little while later a 911 call alerted the Fuerza Pública to the location of the second escapee, José Ramón Jirón, 40, who was captured without difficulty.
The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the two men went in different directions once outside the confining wire. Judicial agents also said that the shots came from a security tower. Guards are likely to be subjected to strong criticism.
The Ministerio de Justicia in a written statement expressed its condolences to the family of the inmate who died.