ANGOLA, La. (AP) _ Four convicted murderers escaped Sunday afternoon after tying up another inmate and a worker at the state prison. One of the inmates died after shooting himself in the head upon arrest.

Darrel Crider and Roy McFall were captured shortly after the break, while Donald Wooley and Jerry Davis were arrested without incident five hours later in the surrounding woods, said Cathy Jett, spokeswoman for the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

McFall shot himself upon arrest and died hours later in a New Orleans hospital.

``He said he would rather die than go back to prison,'' Ms. Jett said.

Warden Burl Cain said two pistols were somehow smuggled into the prison for the inmates. He said the four men used the maintenance supervisor as a hostage, drove him to the woods and tied him up. The worker freed himself and alerted guards.

Each of the inmates was serving life sentences for murder.