Second escaped murderer is captured

Published: Monday 29th June 2015 by The News Editor

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The second of two convicted murderers who escaped three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York state was shot and captured near the Canadian border.

It came two days after his fellow inmate was killed in a confrontation with police.

“The nightmare is finally over,” Governor Andrew Cuomo declared at a news conference.

A state police sergeant shot David Sweat in the town of Constable, just south of the Canadian border and 30 miles from the prison, after spotting him walking along a road and recognising him.

Sgt Jay Cook was alone and on routine patrol when he stumbled upon Sweat. He gave chase when Sweat fled and decided to fire as the fugitive approached a tree line where Cook feared he would lose him, state police said.

“I can only assume he was going for the border,” Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said.

Sweat, who was unarmed, was struck twice in the torso and was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

He has not been formally interviewed by investigators, but any information he provides could be critical to the investigation, Clinton County chief prosecutor Andrew Wylie said.

Sweat will be charged with escape, burglary and other charges, Mr Wylie said.

T he inmates are suspected of breaking into some of the region’s many cabins during their time on the run. Prosecutors will wait for Sweat to recover before charging him.

His capture came two days after his escape partner, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by police. The men had been on the loose since June 6, when they cut their way out of prison using power tools.

Published: Monday 29th June 2015 by The News Editor

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