ROME Italian police recaptured a suspected mafia mobster on Sunday after he escaped from police custody in a gunfight in which his brother was killed.
Domenico Cutri was found "with a loaded pistol by his side" in a hideout near Milan, police said. A suspected accomplice was also arrested at the scene.
Cutri, who is suspected of ties to the Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta mafia and was serving a life sentence for planning a murder, was sprung from a transport van on the way to a court hearing on Monday by masked men who blinded police officers with pepper spray and took a bystander hostage, media reported.
In the ensuing gunfight, Cutri's brother Antonino was shot and later died of his injuries, according to news reports which likened the shootout near Milan to a scene from the Wild West.
Cutri's mother had urged her son to run and not turn himself in, telling the Corriere della Sera newspaper that: "Otherwise 'Nino died for nothing."
(Reporting by Naomi O'Leary; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)