More than 170 inmates have escaped from prison in Arcahaie, a city in northern Haiti about 30 miles from the Capital Port-au-Prince. A guard and an inmate were killed during the fire exchange. Police also confirms that 5 riffles were stolen.
"Three prisoner were wounded, including one who died as a consequence of his wounds." said Justice Minister Camille Edouard Junior to reporters.
Authorities have begun a manhunt for the fugitives with the help of UN peacekeepers stationed in the country.
The Haitian government said that it condemned what it described as a prison mutiny.
Eleven escapees have so far been recaptured, and checkpoints have been set up on roads near the prison. Haitian police will soon begin collaborating with their Dominican colleagues as most escaped prisoners tend to go hide in the Dominican Republic.