The three-week manhunt for the escaped prisoners out of New York ended Sunday when a single state police sergeant spotted a suspicious man walking down on a rural road near the Canadian border.
David Sweat was shot in the torso by Sgt. Jay Cook, a 21-year veteran, as the fugitive ran for a tree line. Sweat was then taken to a hospital in Malone before being transported to Albany Medical Center, which has a trauma center. Sweat, who was listed in critical condition. David Sweat’s capture comes two days after fellow escapee, Richard Matt, was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement while holding a shotgun.
David Sweat was serving a life-sentence without parole for the killing of a sheriff’s deputy in Broome County back in 2002. Richard Matt was serving 25 years to life for the killing and dismembering of his former boss.
The men are believed to have made their escape from the prison with the help of Joyce Mitchell, a married prison tailoring shop instructor who smuggled in power tools and hacksaw blades hidden in frozen hamburger meat. Mitchell pleaded not guilty June 15 to charges including felony promoting prison contraband.