The hunt for a second prison escapee has come to an end after more than three weeks on the run. David Sweat has been shot and captured, two days after his fellow convict was killed by authorities. Fox’s Rich Denison has more.
After three weeks on the run. The intense manhunt for two escaped inmates has come to an end David Sweat has been shot by police. The frantic scene taking place in Constable, New York. Just miles from the Canadian border. Sweat is now in custody, and being treated for his injures at the Alice Hyde Medical Center.
Sweat’s fellow escapee, Richard Matt, shot and killed a member of the customs and border protection tactical unit on Friday. Authorities said he had a weapon in possession when he was killed.
Superintendent Joseph D’Amico: “We retrieved a 20-gague shotgun from Matt’s body at the location.”
Police discovered Sweat after closing in on a 22 square mile perimeter around the location where Matt was found. The presence of law enforcement was also increased at the Canadian border. In all, some 1300 police and federal agents took part in the manhunt. Searching through woods, and going from home to home, along with checking sheds, cabins and other possible hideouts. The tense manhunt left some residents on edge, while others prepared for the worst.
Bill Duquette says: “If it so happens I die here that’s what happens. This is where I live. I don’t want to be scared out of not living. This is a 20 gauge shotgun and it’s for house safety.”
Police will question Sweat to provide more details on how the two men escaped and how they managed to be on the run for the past few weeks.