A man in New York state has died of cancer only hours after he was charged with murder by the county sheriff. The alleged murder had taken place in April this year, since then the terminally ill suspect had been on the run.

Taron Robinson, 30, had been released from a federal prison in May 2016 after a diagnosis of terminal cancer, the Associated Press reported. Robinson had been serving a sentence handed to him after a 2006 arrest.

The arrest reportedly took place as part of a crackdown on gangs in the city.

At the time of the shooting, Robinson was under state parole supervision. Authorities had been attempting to find Robinson since the April shooting.

Robinson's alleged victim was 27-year-old Christopher Hardy. According to the Times Union, Robinson was finally tracked by police at a hospital on Tuesday 21 November.

He was charged with second-degree murder around 1pm but had died by 11pm that night. The paper reported that Robinson had been an enforcer for the 'Jungle Junkies' and was a nephew of a local city councilman.