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Second Dannemora Escapee Shot And Captured

Mike Groll
Corrections officers wave to passing motorists who cheered them after the second of two escaped prisoners was apprehended on Sunday, June 28 in Constable, N.Y. David Sweat was shot and taken into custody on Sunday; Richard Matt was killed on Friday.

Authorities say the inmate who was shot and captured after three weeks on the run was not armed when he was taken into custody.

Updated 9:25 p.m. New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says the sergeant who captured David Sweat opened fire after the inmate ran from him toward a tree line near the Canadian border.

D'Amico says Sgt. Jay Cook was by himself when he shot and wounded Sweat after the fugitive refused a command to stop.

Sweat is expected to be transported to the Albany Medical Center this evening.

Sweat was captured two days after his escape partner, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by authorities. The men had been on the loose since June 6, when they cut their way out of a maximum-security prison about 30 miles away using power tools.

D'Amico says the men may have used pepper to mask their trail. He says DNA was recovered from pepper shakers found at one suspected camp.

A prosecutor says the surviving inmate who broke out of an upstate New York prison three weeks ago will be charged with escape, burglary and other counts.

David Sweat was captured Sunday afternoon after being shot twice by a state police sergeant less than two miles from the Canadian border.

Sweat and fellow inmate Richard Matt escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6. Matt was shot and killed after being spotted by authorities on Friday.

Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie says Sweat has not been formally interviewed by investigators but any information he provides could be critical to the ongoing investigation.

Two jail employees face charges in connection with the escape.

From original post 5:20 p.m. A sheriff says the second of two convicted killers who staged an elaborate escape from a maximum-security upstate New York prison three weeks ago has been shot and taken into custody.

Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill says David Sweat was shot Sunday afternoon in Constable, New York. Mulverhill says Sweat was transported to a medical center in Malone but had no information on his condition.

Fellow inmate Richard Matt was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement officers on Friday.

Authorities say the pair used power tools to saw through a steel cell wall and several steel steam pipes, bashed a hole through a 2-foot-thick brick wall, squirmed through pipes and escaped early June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

Sweat was serving life without parole in the killing of a sheriff's deputy in Broome County in 2002. Matt was serving 25 years to life for the killing and dismembering of his former boss.

Sen. Charles Schumer says there are no reports any officers were hurt in the shooting and arrest of the second convicted killer who broke out of a maximum-security prison three weeks ago.

Schumer says federal law enforcement officials told him Sweat was shot twice and coughing up blood as he was taken to a hospital.

Sheriff Mulverhill says Sweat was shot by law enforcement officers in the upstate New York town of Constable. That's about two miles south of the Canadian border.

Sweat and Richard Matt had been the subject of an intense manhunt since their June 6 escape from a prison about 30 miles away. 

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