The long and terrifying hunt for convicted killers/prison escapees (Richard Matt, 49, and David Sweat, 35) has come to a gruesome end.
The search has ended just two days after Richard Matt was shot down by law enforcement near the Canadian border. David Sweat was spotted and shot by Police Sgt. Jay Cook in Constable, also just miles away from the Canadian border.
According to New York State Police, David Sweat was shot twice by Sgt. Cook and was immediately rushed to Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, New York. His condition is currently unknown although he was alive when taken into custody.
On June 6, the two inmates escaped together from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York aided by prison employee Joyce Mitchell.
Mitchell ran the prison tailor shop and is facing accusations of aiding the two escapees by providing hacksaws and various other tools.
Matt was sentenced to life in prison for the torture and dismemberment of his former boss, 76-year-old William Rickerson in 1997. The sentence was given in 2008.
In 2002, Sweat shot and killed Police Officer Kevin Tarisa, 36, during a robbery at a gun/ fireworks shop in Pennsylvania. Officer Tarisa was shot twelve times before being run over by Sweat’s getaway vehicle.
Both convicts, based on their prior criminal record, were extremely dangerous and were likely ready to take down anyone who got in their way.
Over a thousand officers had been combing the bogs and forests of Northern New York for the last few weeks in search of the two escapees.
Sweat, clearly prepared for a life on the run, was photographed wearing camouflage and a dark jacket. If Sweat survives his wounds he will face questioning from authorities at New York state prison. They will get as much information as they can, regarding details about the escape to make sure that this sort of situation won’t reoccur.
The public and law enforcement can rest easy now, knowing both convicts are accounted for.