Police capture second NY prison escapee after long chase

Media reports David Sweat, surviving of New York state prison escapees, gets busted after being shot near Canadian border

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

According to the authorities, the surviving prison escapee, David Sweat, has been  shot and rushed to a local hospital on Sunday, two days after his joint offender was shot dead  at a close location.

The state police announced that the shooting took place at about 3:20 pm local time, after Sgt. Jay Cook saw a suspicious man walking alone on a roadway near the Town of Constable, New York.


According New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Cook ordered Sweat to stop, but he began to run away. The sergeant later opened fire and shot him.

Matt and Sweat escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York three weeks ago, cutting through their adjacent cells’ walls using construction tools and then sneaking through a catwalk and a steam pipe that led them to a manhole outside the prison.

Corrections officer Gene Palmer (57) and training supervisor Joyce Mitchell (51) were charged with aiding the two convicts for their escape by providing tools smuggled in frozen hamburger meat.

Officials expanded the search for the murderers beyond a 26-square-kilometers area of woods, fields and swamps for weeks before the two were caught.

Matt was sentenced to 25 years to life 18 years ago with charges of torture, murder and dismemberment of his boss in Tonawanda, New York.

Sweat was convicted of killing a Broome County Sheriff in 2002 and was serving a life sentence.

The runaway prisoners escaped from the maximum-security prison near the Canadian border on June 6.

Sweat is now treated in a local hospital in Malone, New York, according to an Albany Times reporter.

TRTWorld and agencies