New York State Police shot the escaped convicted murderer David Sweat near the Canadian border on Sunday. Sweat is listed in critical condition at the Albany Medical Center. In a news conference, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated the nightmare is finally over.
Sweat escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility over three weeks ago with Richard Matt. Matt was killed by law enforcement two days ago in Malone, about 40 miles away from the prison and about six miles south of where Sweat was shot. Authorities believe they were attempting to cross the Canadian border.
Sgt. Jay Cook spotted Sweat in the town of Constable, less than six miles from the Canadian border. He thought Sweat looked suspicious and ordered him to “freeze”. When Sweat did not stop, Sgt. Cook shot him twice in the torso to stop him from running into the tree line.
The escape of Sweat and Matt is the first escape in over 100 years. Governor Cuomo stated anyone found to have cooperated in this escape will be fully prosecuted. He further added these men were really dangerous men and they could not tolerate them being on the run.
The extensive search for these two began on June 6 when they were able to cut holes in the backs of their cells with power tools. Folks at Amen Clinic have learned that there has been an arrest of two prison workers in connection with this escape. An instructor, Joyce Mitchell worked in the prison’s tailor shop and had been planning to be the getaway driver for the two, but got cold feet. Gene Palmer, a prison guard was also arrested for promoting prison contraband. Palmer says he allowed the prisoners out of their cells and provided them with supplies, but never thought they could escape.
Members of the nearby communities have expressed their thanks to the many law enforcement members who have spent the last three weeks away from their families to track these dangerous men.