Got him! 2nd Escapee shot and captured near Canadian Border
It was only a matter of time. David Sweat, the 2nd escapee from a New York Maximum Security facility has been shot and captured near the Canadian Border in the Town of Constable. He is currently in custody. The incident culminates an intense manhunt that spanned 3 weeks after their escape form Clinton Correctional Facility.
Sweat is alive, according to the New York Times, but was shot by a State Trooper. He was taken to Alyce Hyde Medical Center in Malone, New York. His condition is unknown at this time.
The New York Times wrote:
The shooting occurred after Sgt. Jay Cook saw a suspicious man walking down a roadway in the Town of Constable, according to the state police. The sergeant ordered Mr. Sweat to stop, but he broke into a run and the sergeant, a firearms instructor, opened fire, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. It was not immediately clear how many shots were fired or whether Mr. Sweat was armed.
“It’s been a long haul for everyone, for the community, for law enforcement,” Sheriff Favro said of the extensive search, which lasted more than three weeks. “I’ll be curious now if he survives to see what he’s going to say, if anything.”
Sweat was confronted just two days after an officer from a Border Patrol Tactical team shot his partner, Richard Matt in the head three times (according to autopsy results released Sunday). That incident occurred on Friday.
By Sunday, accounts stated that the number of law enforcement officers scouring the woods between Malone and Duane, New York had grown to 1,300. In spite of a flood watch that had been issued for the area, and a downpour of rain, the search continued “around the clock” for the suspect. The search area was roughly 22 square miles.
The communities in the area can now breathe a sigh of relief, and law enforcement officers can go home.