Sec­ond NY prison es­capee caught

Cap­tured. David Sweat, one of the two men to es­cape from an up­state prison ear­lier this month, has been caught alive.

Metro USA (Boston) - - FRONT PAGE -

David Sweat, one of two New York state in­mates who es­caped from prison three weeks ago, was shot by po­lice near the Cana­dian bor­der and rushed to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal on Sun­day, two days af­ter his ac­com­plice was killed, author­i­ties said.

His cap­ture was the dra­matic cli­max of a mas­sive man­hunt for Sweat and his fel­low in­mate Richard Matt, who were dis­cov­ered miss­ing from the Clin­ton Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Dan­nemora, New York, on June 6. Some 1,300 mem­bers of law en­force­ment took part in the search through the forests and bogs of north­ern New York.

Sweat, 35, was shot and taken into cus­tody in the town of Con­sta­ble, 23 miles north of Duane, where his ac­com­plice was shot and killed on Fri­day, New York State Po­lice said in a state­ment. Con­sta­ble is just 5 miles south of the Cana­dian bor­der.

Sergeant Jay Cook of the New York State Po­lice spot­ted “a sus­pi­cious man walk­ing down a road­way” at about 3:20 p.m. Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, he called to and en­gaged the man, rec­og­nized him as Sweat and ran af­ter him. As Sweat ran close to the tree­line, Cook shot him twice in the torso.

Sweat was taken into cus­tody alive, and then taken to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

Author­i­ties re­ported him in sta­ble con­di­tion at a news con­fer­ence Sun­day evening, and said he would be trans­ported to a trauma cen­ter.

“I think a lot of peo­ple are go­ing to rest eas­ier tonight,” said Jes­sica Ran­dall, 38, of Malone, who was shop­ping with her hus­band when she saw a con­voy of po­lice ve­hi­cles speed by.

Cap­tur­ing the sus­pect alive would en­able New York state prison author­i­ties to learn more about how the pair man­aged to break out and use that in­for­ma­tion to tighten se­cu­rity.

In their au­da­cious break­out, the pair cut through cell walls, climbed along a cat­walk, shim­mied through a steam pipe and emerged from a man­hole out­side prison walls, author­i­ties said.

/ CNN

CNN ex­clu­sive photo of David Sweat dur­ing his cap­ture

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