The second of two convicted murderers who staged a daring escape from an upstate New York maximum-security prison three weeks ago was shot and captured Sunday.
David Sweat, the remaining escapee from a New York maximum security prison, was shot twice Sunday afternoon in Constable, New York, not far from the Canadian border, the Press-Republican reported.
After Sweat’s capture, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that “the nightmare is finally over.”
“Today ends with good news,” Cuomo said, according to CBS New York. “These were really dangerous, dangerous men… we could not tolerate them being on the loose.”
Cuomo says that around 3:20 p.m., New York State Police Sgt. Jay Cook saw a suspicious man walking down a road in the town of Constable, about a mile and a half from the Canadian border and 30 miles from the prison.
Cook called out to the man and gave chase when he recognized the man as Sweat.
At that point, Sweat took off running across a field, and was about to approach a tree line where he might have vanished, according to New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico.
Cook shot the man twice in the torso, Cuomo said. Sweat was then taken into custody alive, and transported to Albany Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, state police said.
Sweat was listed in stable condition, but had not yet been interviewed by investigators late Sunday, police said.
No law enforcement officers were injured in Sweat’s shooting.
Sweat escaped from prison with Richard Matt, who was shot and killed by police Friday.
Prison tailoring shop instructor Joyce Mitchell admitted to being the escapee’s intended getaway driver, but she backed out of the plan because she “felt guilty.”
Mitchell plead not guilty to felony charges of promoting contraband (the power tools used in the escape) at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, denying knowing of the contraband being smuggled in with a delivery of frozen meat.