Second New York prison escapee shot, hospitalised

David Sweat, one of two New York state inmates who escaped from prison three weeks ago, was rushed to a local hospital yesterday after being shot by police near the Canadian border, two days after his accomplice was killed, according to media reports.

Second New York prison escapee shot, hospitalised

Sweat, 35, has been on the run since he and fellow inmate Richard Matt were found missing from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, on June 6. Sweat was shot and taken into custody in the town of Constable, New York, 37km north of Duane, where his accomplice was shot and killed on Friday, the Buffalo News reported. Constable is 8km south of New York’s border with the Canadian province of Quebec.

Sweat was bleeding badly from “life-threatening” wounds, the newspaper said.

An Albany Times reporter said on Twitter that Sweat was taken to a hospital in Malone, New York, and he would be airlifted to a hospital in the state capital of Albany.

Capturing the suspect alive would enable New York state prison authorities to learn more about how the pair managed to break out and use that information to tighten security.

Matt, 49, was killed on Friday near Malone, about 43km northwest of the maximum-security prison, by a member of the US Customs and Border Protection tactical unit.

Some 1,300 members of law enforcement were involved in the search.

Matt and Sweat cut through cell walls, climbed along a catwalk, shimmied through a steam pipe and emerged out of a manhole outside prison walls, authorities said.

n Reuters

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