NY Prison Manhunt Ends; One Escapee Killed, The Other Wounded


The three-week manhunt for two escaped inmates ended yesterday when New York State Police shot and wounded David Sweat as he jogged along a road about 40 miles from the maximum-security prison that they fled, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sgt. Jay Cook spotted Sweat in the town of Constable at around 3:20 p.m., two miles from the Canadian border, taking him into custody two days after fellow escapee Richard Matt was fatally shot by federal agents.

Cook, on patrol alone, ordered Sweat to come to him, but the fugitive turned around and gestured to seemingly say, “What do you want from me?” said state police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico. While Sweat, 35, wasn't armed, Matt, 49, was carrying a 20-gauge shotgun when he was killed near Lake Titus. Autopsy results show Matt was shot three times in the head after officials said he refused to comply with a command to put his hands up. Sweat's capture brings to a close a massive manhunt that involved about 1,300 local, state and federal law-enforcement officers since the June 6 breakout and disrupted typically quiet towns around Plattsburgh, N.Y., and in the Adirondacks.

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