A convicted murderer who escaped a Pennsylvania jail last month was shot at by a homeowner seven times after the fugitive broke into his house and stole a rifle.

Pennsylvania state police have warned that Daniel Cavalcante, the 34-year-old killer who was sentenced to life behind bars murdering his ex-girlfriend in 2021, may now be armed after he scampered from a home with a .22 calibre rifle. 

It is not currently known whether any of the shots hit the convict, who escaped two weeks ago from Chester County Prison, where he was being held after he fatally stabbed Débora Brandao fours years after he also killed a student in Brazil at a food truck. 

He was spotted in East Nantmeal, 20 miles from the search area police have already spent days combing. 

Local cops reported that he slipped past them in a van he stole from a local dairy business, which he later abandoned in a barn before he visited two former associates. 

The manhunt for fugitive murderer Danelo Cavalcante has expanded after several sightings over the weekend. He is seen outside a former coworker's home

The manhunt for fugitive murderer Danelo Cavalcante has expanded after several sightings over the weekend. He is seen outside a former coworker's home

The manhunt for fugitive murderer Danelo Cavalcante has expanded after several sightings over the weekend. He is seen outside a former coworker’s home

On Sunday, police found a 2020 Ford Transit van Cavalcante in a field behind a barn in East Nantmeal Township - well outside the previous search area

On Sunday, police found a 2020 Ford Transit van Cavalcante in a field behind a barn in East Nantmeal Township - well outside the previous search area

On Sunday, police found a 2020 Ford Transit van Cavalcante in a field behind a barn in East Nantmeal Township – well outside the previous search area 

Cavalcante is also wanted in a 2017 homicide case in his native country of Brazil

Cavalcante is also wanted in a 2017 homicide case in his native country of Brazil

Cavalcante is also wanted in a 2017 homicide case in his native country of Brazil

This was the second time he managed to slip past cops. FOX29 reported that he escaped Chester County Prison by crab-walking up from the recreation yard, climbing over razor-sharp wire, and running across a roof before gracefully jumping to the ground. 

Officials said that a tower guard who was on duty at the time has since been fired, as his escape was undetected for more than an hour until prison guards took a headcount.  

The search for Cavalcante entered a 12th day on Monday, following several sightings over the weekend and the discovery of a van he had stolen and dumped outside the area hundreds of officers had been searching.

The 34-year-old was serving a life sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and awaiting transfer at the Chester County Jail in Pennsylvania when he escaped by climbing a wall on August 31. 

Police had focused their search in the nearby perimeter, where he had been spotted several times last week. But on Saturday, a clean-shaven Cavalcante was seen outside a former colleague’s home through a ring doorbell camera in East Pikeland Township, before he was spotted outside a different ex co-worker’s home in nearby Phoenixville.

The homes are both outside the perimeter where police initially focused, leading to questions about how Cavalcante slipped by hundreds of officers patrolling the area.

State police lieutenant George Bivens vowed to ‘aggressively continue’ the search with the aid of federal, state, county and local resources and expressed confidence that the fugitive would eventually be recaptured. 

‘This is a minor setback,’ he said. ‘We´ll get him, it´s a matter of time.’

On Sunday, police found a 2020 Ford Transit van Cavalcante had stolen in a field behind a barn in East Nantmeal Township – outside the previous search area. Cavalcante had taken it from the West Chester based Baily’s Dairy, near the prison. 

Baily´s Dairy said on its Facebook page that the delivery van was stolen between 7pm and 10pm Saturday ‘while we were still here working.’

Bivens said he believed Cavalcante abandoned the vehicle at least in part because it was low on fuel. While law enforcement was searching the immediate area for any signs of him authorities were concerned that he would attempt to obtain another vehicle or had already done so. 

‘We are obviously very concerned that Cavalcante has or will attempt to steal another vehicle to facilitate his escape,’ Bivens said. ‘This most recent incident is a reminder that he will take advantage of any opportunity to obtain items he needs.’ 

The theft wasn’t noticed for hours, and in the meantime Cavalcante, 34, traveled more than 20 miles northeast to East Pikeland Township and Phoenixville. Shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday he went to an East Pikeland Township home of a person he had worked with several years ago and asked to meet with him, police said.

The 34-year-old was serving a life sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and escaped the Chester County Jail on August 31

The 34-year-old was serving a life sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and escaped the Chester County Jail on August 31

The 34-year-old was serving a life sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and escaped the Chester County Jail on August 31

Cavalcante 'crab-walking' his way to freedom at the Chester County jail on August 31

Cavalcante 'crab-walking' his way to freedom at the Chester County jail on August 31

Cavalcante ‘crab-walking’ his way to freedom at the Chester County jail on August 31

The homeowner, who was at dinner with his family and didn’t respond, called police after returning home and reviewing his doorbell video. Shortly after 10pm Saturday, police said, Cavalcante went to the Phoenixville area home of another former work associate, who wasn’t home, police said.

Cavalcante, who is from Brazil, was seen on surveillance camera in the outdoor area looking at the camera before ‘crab walking’ between two walls, scaling a fence and jumping over razor wire during the daring break out that took place in broad daylight from the Chester County Jail on August 31. 

Before this weekend, there were repeated sightings of the ‘extremely dangerous’ killer in the 759 square mile search area around the prison.

On Saturday, Cavalcante was seen wearing a black baseball-style hat, a green hooded sweatshirt, green prison pants and white shoes as he appeared to smirk at the doorbell camera at his former colleague’s home.

On Thursday, the Pennsylvania prison guard who did not see or report the escape was fired. Prison officials told CNN, the corrections officer was an 18-year veteran of the prison.

Hundreds of officers have been deployed and are involved in the massive manhunt as the search for the fugitive intensifies. Choppers, drones and dogs are being executed during the ground and aerial searches as the authorities face extreme heat, high humidity and difficult landscape.

Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said on Friday they ‘pulled more people in through the night, last night, some additional help from other agencies, from our own agency.’

‘We have got somewhere north of 350, close to 400 people working on this today as we speak.’

Cops have warned local residents that Cavalcante is extremely dangerous and urged them to lock their doors. Authorities have now raised the reward for information to $20,000.

Several schools shuttered and terrified residents stayed barricaded in their homes.

The first sighting of Cavalcante came when he was spotted at 1.43am on September 2 on the 1800 block of Lenape Road in Pocopson Township about 1.5 miles away from the Chester County Prison.

He was then later seen on surveillance video in the early hours of September 2 wearing a white T-shirt and white sneakers with a backpack he had mysteriously obtained.

Before this weekend, there were repeated sightings of the ¿extremely dangerous¿ killer in the 759 square mile search area around the prison

Before this weekend, there were repeated sightings of the ¿extremely dangerous¿ killer in the 759 square mile search area around the prison

Before this weekend, there were repeated sightings of the ‘extremely dangerous’ killer in the 759 square mile search area around the prison

Cops have warned local residents that Cavalcante is extremely dangerous and urged them to lock their doors

Cops have warned local residents that Cavalcante is extremely dangerous and urged them to lock their doors

Cops have warned local residents that Cavalcante is extremely dangerous and urged them to lock their doors

The criminal was later reported to have been seen again that night in the same area by a resident of Pocopson Township inside his home at 11.45 PM on Friday. He ‘flicked the lights’ at the owner before stealing some food items and then left. 

A trail camera recorded Cavalcante hiking through the woods twice within an hour late on Monday September 4.

On Tuesday September 5 at night there was another confirmed sighting of Cavalcante near Chandler Road in the Pennsbury area by a resident who saw the prisoner in the creek bed near their house.

The escaped prisoner was then spotted near Longwood Gardens on September 7 at around noon near Longwood Gardens. He was seen running in a wooded area by a resident and Longwood Gardens was closed early as law enforcement officials searched for Cavalcante.

Police confirmed a further sighting of the criminal on Thursday September 7 in the evening but did not provide details.

There may have been a ninth sighting of the escaped prisoner on the morning of Friday September 8 in relation to the burglary of a house in Kennett Square.

Police have broadcast recordings of the prisoner’s mother speaking in Portuguese from helicopters flying over the search area to facilitate his peaceful surrender. They have previously warned the fugitive may attempt to flee to Brazil.

Cavalcante is also wanted in a homicide case in his native country of Brazil. He managed to flee the country in 2017 after he killed a student at a food truck stand.

He gunned down Walter Junior in Figuéiropolis, Tocantins on November 5, 2017, and then managed to slip past authorities at Brasília–President Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport two months later.

Evaldo Feitosa told Brazilian news outlet G1 that he was talking to Cavalcante and that he approached Junior at a corner table.

He remembered they were having a conversation before he heard several shots being fired and someone shout, ‘man the guy killed his friend.’

TV Globo also reported that the killing was over money Junior owed Calvacante.

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