Escaped Prisoner David Sweat Shot Twice

Huge statewide manhunt comes to an end
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2015 3:15 PM CDT
Escaped Prisoner David Sweat Has Been Shot
A corrections officer holds a gun at a roadblock on Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Malone, NY.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

A massive manhunt came to an end today when a state trooper shot and wounded prison escapee David Sweat, sources tell the New York Times. One source says 35-year-old Sweat, who broke out of prison with Richard Matt earlier this month, was now in custody. Law enforcement officers tracked Sweat down near Constable, NY—which borders the Canadian province of Quebec—despite heavy rain and a National Weather Service flood-watch warning extending through tomorrow morning. A New York state trooper shot Sweat twice in a field, CNN reports; Sweat was taken to hospital, but his condition hasn't been revealed. No officers were wounded in apprehending him.

Meanwhile, an autopsy shows that Matt, 49, who was shot and killed Friday, suffered three semiautomatic-weapon bullet wounds to the head. He was also scruffed up from his time fleeing a manhunt that included some 1,300 officers by today: He had blisters and bugbites on his legs, the autopsy found, along with "minor abrasions consistent with living in the woods for three weeks." (See why Sweat was considered highly dangerous.)

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