Prison officials had opened fire at two prisoners who attempted to escape from the Bogambara Prison in Kandy this morning.
One prisoner, a former army deserter was killed in the incident.
Police said the other prisoner who attempted to flee was apprehended by Prison officers.
Prisons Commissioner Major General V. R De Silva told the media that the inmates had tried to scale the boundary wall after getting through the roof on the second floor of the prison.
Prison officials had warned the two inmates, but had been forced to open fire at them as they had not heeded warning shots.