Second escaped prisoner faces charges, if he survives

New York (WNCT) – Police have captured convicted murderer David Sweat who escaped from a maximum security prison in upstate New York more than three weeks ago.

David Sweat
FILE – This May 21, 2015, file photo released by the New York State Police shows David Sweat. Sweat, the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape from an upstate maximum-security prison three weeks ago, was shot and captured Sunday, June 28, 2015, two days after his fellow inmate was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement officers, a sheriff said. (New York State Police via AP, File)

Sweat is currently under the control of law enforcement. He is listed in critical condition.

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico says the sergeant who captured David Sweat opened fire after the inmate ran from him toward a tree line near the Canadian border. Sweat was shot twice in the torso.

A prosecutor says the inmate will be charged with escape, burglary, and other counts.

Clinton County District Attorney Wylie says Sweat has not been formally interviewed by investigators but any information he provides could be critical to the ongoing investigation.

Two jail employees face charges in connection with the escape.

Sweat’s accomplice, Richard Matt was shot and killed by a border patrol SWAT team Friday afternoon.

Both Matt and Sweat used power tools to cut through the back of their adjacent cells earlier in June at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York.

WNCT will have more details as they come into the newsroom.



WNCT-TV 9 On Your Side provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s