Man­hunt over af­ter 2nd NY in­mate shot

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY BRIGITTE DUSSEAU

A con­victed mur­derer who es­caped from a max­i­mum-se­cu­rity New York prison three weeks ago was shot and cap­tured Sun­day, bring­ing an end to an in­tense man­hunt that saw his fel­low es­capee shot dead.

David Sweat was ap­pre­hended just three kilo­me­ters south of the Cana­dian bor­der and later trans­ported to a hos­pi­tal in the state cap­i­tal for treat­ment, where an of­fi­cial said he was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

His cap­ture wraps up a mul­ti­mil­lion-U.S.-dol­lar man­hunt that saw up to 1,300 law en­force­ment of­fi­cers at a time scour­ing the rugged, re­mote area around the Clin­ton Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in up­state New York af­ter Sweat and Richard Matt busted out on June 6.

Matt was shot dead by a fed- eral agent on Fri­day. An au­topsy showed he was shot three times in the head.

“The night­mare is fi­nally over,” New York’s Gov. An­drew Cuomo told re­porters.

Cuomo said Sweat was ap­par­ently un­armed and wear­ing cam­ou­flage when he was con­fronted by a lone of­fi­cer who shot him twice in the torso as he ran away in an open field.

A pho­to­graph cir­cu­lated in U.S. media showed a blood­ied Sweat in po­lice cus­tody.

He was later trans­ported to a se­cure unit in­side the Albany Med­i­cal Cen­ter in the state cap­i­tal, ac­cord­ing to a hos­pi­tal of­fi­cial.

“What I can tell you is that his con­di­tion is crit­i­cal, and based on the pre­lim­i­nary eval­u­a­tion of the pa­tient, it’s ob­vi­ous that he would need to be here for a se­ries of days for sure,” the cen­ter’s medi- cal di­rec­tor Dennis McKenna told re­porters.

He said doc­tors were un­sure whether Sweat would need surgery, but that he was be­ing treated by a range of spe­cial­ists.

Author­i­ties had wor­ried the es­caped con­victs might cross into Canada.

“He was that close, and we couldn’t be hap­pier we were able to ap­pre­hend him and not lose him,” said New York State Po­lice Supt. Joseph d’Amico. “It’s been a long three weeks.” D’Amico said the two men, who were pos­si­bly us­ing pep­per to throw snif­fer dogs off their trail, had parted ways at some un­known time.

Like a Movie Plot

Sweat, 35, and Matt, 49, had es­caped in au­da­cious fash­ion — they used power tools to cut through cell walls, then crawled through pipes to emerge from a man­hole in the vil­lage of Dan­nemora, home to the sprawl­ing prison.

“If you were writ­ing a movie plot, you would say this was over­done,” Cuomo said.

He noted that the men had stolen the power tools from a con­trac­tor’s job box by pick­ing the lock.

Prison work­ers also smug­gled hack­saw blades and other tools by hid­ing them in ham­burger meat.

More de­tails of their dar­ing es­cape are likely to emerge when in­ves­ti­ga­tors are able to ques­tion Sweat.

His own mother ex­pressed “re­lief” at his cap­ture.

“My son knows if he would have came here, I would have had him knocked out and taken him to jail,” Pamela Sweat told CNN af­fil­i­ate Time Warner Ca­ble News.

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