On Sunday, escaped convict David Sweat was shot and arrested by New York State Police in Constable, New York, just a few miles south of the Canadian border. Sweat was arrested just two days after his accomplice, Richard Matt, was killed during a shootout between police.
Since the beginning of the 23-day manhunt, law enforcement officials believed the two escaped convicts would make a mistake in their attempt to flee, and allow police to close in on them. On Friday afternoon, Matt was found in a rural area in northern New York by state troopers after he attempted to carjack an unidentified motorist.
As officer saw the carjacking, they then drew their weapons on the man, and attempted to arrest him. After Matt did not surrender to the officers, and then tried to get away, he was gunned down by the officers. According to a state police chief, Matt would not comply with the officer’s orders to put his hands up. The incident happened just miles from the Canadian border.
Following the incident, road blocks were set up on a rural highway near Malone, New York, which is around 40 miles from Dannemora, where the men escaped from prison on June 6. According to reports, Sweat, the second of the two escaped inmates, was seen in the area near where Matt was originally caught attempting to carjack a motorist. Authorities cautioned people to stay out of the area, and the suspect was considered, “armed and dangerous.”
Police believe the two escaped convicts were hiding in a cabin in a wooded area near where police were searching in upstate New York. Major Charles Guess, a spokesman for the local police department, stated investigators received over 2,400 tips about the whereabouts of the two fugitives, one of which led them to Malone. According to one tip, an unidentified man reported that he saw an open liquor bottle on a table in the hunting cabin, which led police to search the cabin for suspicious activity.
Dogs and police officers were on the hunt for Sweat minutes after the incident with Matt. They tracked him to an area just a few miles south of the Canadian border, and cornered him in a wooded area. According to officers in pursuit, they could not see the fugitive, “but could hear him running.” Shortly afterwards, local reporters stated gunshots were heard in the area near Lake Titus, New York.
Several shots were fired over a period of a few minutes. It was unclear from whom the shots came during the skirmish.
Governor Andrew Cuomo stated around one hour after the initial gunshots were heard that Sweat was alive and still on the run. There have been no reports stating whether or not Sweat or any officers were injured during the incident.
Night vision trucks from the local police department were brought in as the manhunt went on through the night. Scores of local and state police and K-9 units searched the area immediately north of Lake Titus into Saturday morning to find the armed escapee.
As the early hours of the morning approached, authorities were able to corner Sweat once more closer to the Canadian border. Military convoys were seen throughout Essex County as New York State Police and authorities from surrounding areas put up a 22-square-mile perimeter with around 1,200 law enforcement personnel.
Bulletproof jacket-clad state police officers were seen grouped in parking lots around the small towns in the county in their search for Sweat. Authorities stated the escaped convict is most likely in the Essex County area, and possibly still armed.
Around 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sweat was located in Constable, New York. According to officers, he was injured during a gunfight. There are no reports of officers injuries during the incident.
Now, Sweat and Joyce Mitchell will have opportunity to tell authorities how the prison escape was planned.. The prison worker was taken into custody for her alleged involvement with planning the escape.
By Alex Lemieux
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