3-week manhunt ends: David Sweat Shot

Published: June 29, 2015

3-week manhunt ends: David Sweat Shot, David Sweat, one of two inmates who escaped from a high-security jail more than three weeks ago, has been shot and captured in upstate New York. No officers or civilians were hurt in his capture.

The news came 48 hours after the other inmate, 49-year-old Richard Matt, was shot dead by a Border Patrol agent in the same woodlands.

In a Sunday evening press conference, New York state governor Andrew Cuomo said: “The nightmare is finally over. After 22 days we can confirm that Mr Matt is deceased and the other escapee Mr Sweat is in custody.”

Cuomo went on to confirm details of Sweat’s capture, which New York state police had earlier outlined in a press statement saying: “At approximately 3.20pm Sergeant Jay Cook of the New York state police spotted a suspicious man walking down a roadway in the town of Constable.

“Sergeant Cook shot and injured Clinton Correctional Facility escapee David Sweat. Sweat was taken into police custody alive, then taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.”

At the evening press conference, New York state police superintendent Joseph D’Amico detailed Cook’s confrontation with Sweat, 35, who he said ran away after an initial standoff. Cook was alone at the time.

“At some point in the pursuit Cook realised Sweat was going to make it to a treeline and potentially disappear,” D’Amico said, “so he shot him two times with his handgun.”

Sweat was transported to an Albany hospital, where a spokesman told media a trauma unit was standing by. Dr. Dennis McKenna said Sweat, who was listed in critical condition, was being evaluated by a team of doctors including emergency medical physicians, trauma specialists and others who would determine whether surgery was necessary.

Sweat will be charged with escape, burglary and other counts, said a prosecutor.

Earlier, a picture broadcast on news media showed Sweat on the ground, with two people in attendance. Both were wearing plastic gloves. Sweat’s face was bloodied and he was shown to be wearing camouflage clothing, rather than the green prison jumpsuit he was believed to have been wearing when he escaped.

D’Amico said Sweat had not yet been interviewed by police. He said Sweat was not armed at the time he was apprehended. Matt was in possession of a 20-gauge shotgun when he was killed.

Cuomo also said he had “congratulated Sergeant Cook on his excellent policing”, which he said involved a very courageous act that would make him a hero to his teenage daughters.


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