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.
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 exclusive photo of David Sweat during his capture