New York Escaped Inmate David Sweat Has Been Shot And Is Now In Police Custody
|New York Escaped Inmate David Sweat Has Been |
Shot And Is Now In Police Custody
|Richard Matt And David Sweat|
The fugitive's capture, which could not be immediately confirmed by authorities, signaled a possible end to the 23-day manhunt.
The source said that Sweat was seriously wounded but still alive.
The news came as an autopsy on Clinton Correctional Facility escapee Richard Matt revealed he was shot in the head three times by a U.S. Customs agent, authorities announced Sunday.
Matt, 49, had bug bites, blisters and minor abrasions, “consistent with living in the woods for three weeks,” the New York State Police said in a release.
Senior officials said Sweat was wounded but is alive and was taken into custody just south of the Canadian border.
It's been a three-week manhunt full of twists and turns worthy of a Hollywood film, beginning with the escape on June 6.
Investigators say convicted murderers Sweat, age 35, and Matt, 49, charmed one of their captors at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York -- a prison nicknamed "Little Siberia" for its remote and often frigid location.
Prosecutors charged her with helping the inmates escape by providing them with hacksaw blades and other tools that she concealed in frozen hamburger meat.
They say she handed that package to another employee, prison guard Gene Palmer.
Investigators say Sweat and Matt used power tools to cut through their cell walls and down into the prison's maze of pipes.
They left behind a note to taunt their pursuers:" "Have a nice day," it read, along with a smiley face.
Much of the manhunt that followed has been frustrating for law enforcement, and has cost taxpayers millions. More than 1,200 officers were brought in for the search.