New York prison break ends with shooting of second fugitive

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Escaped Inmate David Sweat Shot, Ending Three-Week Manhunt

David Sweat, one of two New York state inmates who escaped from prison three weeks ago, was shot by police near the Canadian border and rushed to a local hospital on Sunday, two days after his accomplice was killed, authorities said.

His capture was the dramatic climax of a massive manhunt for Sweat and his fellow inmate Richard Matt, who were discovered missing from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, on June 6. Some 1,300 members of law enforcement took part in the search through the forests and bogs of northern New York.

Sweat, 35, was shot twice and taken into custody in the town of Constable, New York, 23 miles (37 km) north of Duane, where his accomplice was shot and killed on Friday, authorities said. He was captured just a mile and a half (2.4 km) south of New York's border with the Canadian province of Quebec.

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New York prison break ends with shooting of second fugitive
Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Constable, N.Y. Sweat is the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York. His capture came two days after his escape partner, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by authorities. (AP Photo)
Police gather around David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Constable, N.Y. Sweat is the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York. His capture came two days after his escape partner, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by authorities. (AP Photo)
Law enforcement officers stand outside Alice Hyde Medical Center, to where David Sweat was transported Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Malone, N.Y. The second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York was shot and captured near the Canadian border on Sunday, two days after his fellow inmate was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement, state police said. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A sign at the Constable Volunteer Fire and EMS thanks law enforcement after the second of two escaped prisoners was apprehended on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Constable, N.Y. David Sweat, the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York, was shot and captured near the Canadian border on Sunday, two days after his fellow inmate was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement officers, a sheriff said. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Corrections officers wave to passing motorists who cheered them after the second of two escaped prisoners was apprehended on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Constable, N.Y. David Sweat, the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York, was shot and captured near the Canadian border on Sunday, two days after his fellow inmate was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement officers, a sheriff said. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Police escort ambulances from an area where law enforcement officers were searching for convicted murderer David Sweat, one of two convicted murderers who broke out of a maximum-security prison near the Canadian border, Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Constable, N.Y. The other inmate, Richard Matt, was shot three times in the head when he was confronted by authorities on Friday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Police escort ambulances from an area where law enforcement officers were searching for convicted murderer David Sweat, one of two convicted murderers who broke out of a maximum-security prison near the Canadian border, Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Constable, N.Y. The other inmate, Richard Matt, was shot three times in the head when he was confronted by authorities on Friday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
DUANE, NY - JUNE 28: Correction officers line up for food and beverages at the Duane Fire Department as they take a break after searching a wooded area in the rain for convicted murderer David Sweat on June 28, 2015 near Duane, New York. On Friday Richard Matt, who escaped with Sweat, was shot and killed in the same area. More than 1,000 State Police, Border Patrol, correction officers, FBI and other law enforcement agencies have been searching for the pair since they were discovered missing from a prison in nearby Dannemora on June 6. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
DUANE, NY - JUNE 28: FBI agents cunduct a search for convicted murderer David Sweat on June 28, 2015 near Duane, New York. On Friday Richard Matt, who escaped with Sweat, was shot and killed in the same area. More than 1,000 State Police, Border Patrol, correction officers, FBI and other law enforcement agencies have been searching for the pair since they were discovered missing from a prison in nearby Dannemora on June 6. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHASM FALLS, NY - JUNE 26: Law enforcement personnel prepare to head out on a search for convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat continues on June 26, 2015 in Chasm Falls, New York. Matt and Sweat were discovered missing from a prison in nearby Dannemora on June 6. DNA from the two was reportedly found recently in a remote hunting cabin about 15 miles west of the prison. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
New York State Police officer Maj. Charles Guess holds a press conference to brief the media on the status of the manhunt for convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat on June 26, 2015 in Malone, New York. Matt and Sweat were discovered missing from a prison in nearby Dannemora on June 6. Police believe the fugitives are travelling through wooded areas at night, working their way north toward Canada. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHASM FALLS, NY - JUNE 26: Correction officers search around a home as the manhunt for convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat continues on June 26, 2015 in Chasm Falls, New York. Matt and Sweat were discovered missing from a prison in nearby Dannemora on June 6. DNA from the two was reportedly found recently in a remote hunting cabin about 15 miles west of the prison. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHASM FALLS, NY - JUNE 26: Correction officers search around a home as the manhunt for convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat continues on June 26, 2015 in Chasm Falls, New York. Matt and Sweat were discovered missing from a prison in nearby Dannemora on June 6. DNA from the two was reportedly found recently in a remote hunting cabin about 15 miles west of the prison. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A New York State Department of Corrections officer pauses while searching a cornfield after a possible sighting of the two murder convicts who escaped from a northern New York prison two weeks ago, Sunday June 21, 2015, in Friendship, N.Y. State police said a woman on Saturday reported spotting two men who resembled the convicts prompting the search. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Corrections officers stop a vehicle as the search for two escaped prisoners from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora continues Monday, June 22, 2015, in Owls Head, N.Y. Searchers on Monday swarmed the heavily wooded area about 20 miles west of the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
New York State Department of Corrections officers search the railroad tracks after a possible sighting of the two murder convicts who escaped from a northern New York prison two weeks ago, Sunday June 21, 2015, in Friendship, N.Y. State police said a woman on Saturday reported spotting two men who resembled the convicts near a railroad line that runs along a county road. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Map locates Allegany County, N.Y., where two escaped prisoners may have been seen. (Images via AP)
New York State Police officers gather along Route 20 after a possible sighting of the two murder convicts who escaped from a northern New York prison two weeks ago, Sunday June 21, 2015, in Friendship, N.Y. State police said a woman on Saturday reported spotting two men who resembled the convicts near a railroad line that runs along a county road. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, left, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo listen during a news conference in front of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Police were resuming house-to-house searches near the maximum-security prison in northern New York where David Sweat and Richard Matt, two killers escaped using power tools, authorities said Wednesday as they renewed their plea for help from the public. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
DANNEMORA, NY - JUNE 18: A home is seen near Clinton Correctional Facility on June 18, 2015 outside Dannemora, New York. Two convicted murderers were found missing from the prison on June 6, a manhunt across approximately 10,000 acres has been taking place since then. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
DANNEMORA, NY - JUNE 18: An abandoned building is seen near Clinton Correctional Facility on June 18, 2015 outside Dannemora, New York. Two convicted murderers were found missing from the prison on June 6, a manhunt across approximately 10,000 acres has been taking place since then. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
DANNEMORA, NY - JUNE 17: A section of land, previously closed due to an ongoing manhunt for two escaped convicts, is seen after officials decided to change strategies and reopen the restricted area, on June 17, 2015 outside Dannemora, New York. After conducting a manhunt across approximately 10,000 acres for two escaped convicts who were found missing from Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6, officials announced roads would be reopened and that road blocks would be closed on major routes going into Dannemora, where the prison is located. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
DANNEMORA, NY - JUNE 17: Jacob Fountain, age 10, holds on to a blue ribbon, which represents support for law enforcement, while waiting for police officers to drive by, on June 17, 2015 in Dannemora, New York. After conducting a manhunt across approximately 10,000 acres for two escaped convicts who were found missing from Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6, officials announced roads would be reopened and that road blocks would be closed on major routes going into Dannemora, where the prison is located. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
PLATTSBURGH, NY - JUNE 17: Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie speaks at a press conference on June 17, 2015 in Plattsburgh, New York. After conducting a man hunt for two escaped convicts who were found missing from Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6, officials announced the end of road blocks on major routes going into Dannemora, where the prison is located. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
PLATTSBURGH, NY - JUNE 17: Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie speaks at a press conference on June 17, 2015 in Plattsburgh, New York. After conducting a man hunt for two escaped convicts who were found missing from Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6, officials announced the end of road blocks on major routes going into Dannemora, where the prison is located. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
DANNEMORA, NY - JUNE 16: A task force of U.S. Marshalls and police officers go door to door searching for two escaped convicts on June 16, 2015 outside Dannemora, New York. The two convicted killers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, were found missing from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York on the morning of June 6 and law enforcement are on a multi-state manhunt for their capture. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
DANNEMORA, NY - JUNE 16: A task force of U.S. Marshalls and police officers go door to door searching for two escaped convicts on June 16, 2015 outside Dannemora, New York. The two convicted killers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, were found missing from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York on the morning of June 6 and law enforcement are on a multi-state manhunt for their capture. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
DANNEMORA, NY - JUNE 15: A helicopter searches for two escaped convicts on June 15, 2015 outside Dannemora, New York. The two convicted murderers escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility during the early morning hours of June 6; officials have been conducting a manhunt for the two since. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
DANNEMORA, NY - JUNE 15: New York State Troopers check civilian cars at a check point on June 15, 2015 outside Dannemora, New York. Two convicted murderers escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility during the early morning hours of June 6; officials have been conducting a manhunt for the two since. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
DANNEMORA, NY - JUNE 16: A task force of U.S. Marshalls and police officers go door to door searching for two escaped convicts on June 16, 2015 outside Dannemora, New York. The two convicted killers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, were found missing from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York on the morning of June 6 and law enforcement are on a multi-state manhunt for their capture. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
DANNEMORA, NY - JUNE 16: Police officers check automobiles for two escaped convicts at a mandatory check point June 16, 2015 outside Dannemora, New York. A manhunt has been underway since the two convicted killers were found missing from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora on the morning of June 6. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
DANNEMORA, NY - JUNE 16: A task force of U.S. Marshalls and police officers go door to door searching for two escaped convicts on June 16, 2015 outside Dannemora, New York. The two convicted killers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, were found missing from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York on the morning of June 6 and law enforcement are on a multi-state manhunt for their capture. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
DANNEMORA, NY - JUNE 16: A task force of U.S. Marshalls and police officers go door to door searching for two escaped convicts on June 16, 2015 outside Dannemora, New York. The two convicted killers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, were found missing from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York on the morning of June 6 and law enforcement are on a multi-state manhunt for their capture. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Law enforcement officers search a residential area for prison escapees David Sweat and Richard Matt, Monday, June 15, 2015, in Saranac, N.Y. Law enforcement are in the tenth day of searching for the two killers who used power tools to cut their way out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, in northern New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Law enforcement officers search a residential area for prison escapees David Sweat and Richard Matt, Monday, June 15, 2015, in Saranac, N.Y. Law enforcement are in the tenth day of searching for the two killers who used power tools to cut their way out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, in northern New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A law enforcement officer walks through a backyard as authorities conduct a house-to-house search for escaped prisoners David Sweat and Richard Matt on Sunday, June 14, 2015, in Cadyville, N.Y. Law enforcement personnel are in the ninth day of searching for Sweat and Matt, two killers who used power tools to cut their way out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora in northern New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
CADYVILLE, NY - JUNE 13: Law enforcement personnel search an area in Cadyville, New York June 13, 2015. Officials announced the arrest yesterday of Joyce Mitchell as they continued their search for two prisoners who escaped the maximum security section of the Clinton Correction Facility one week ago. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
SARANAC, NY - JUNE 13: Department of Corrections officers work a roadblock on June 13, 2015 in Saranac, New York. Law enforcement announced the arrest yesterday of prison worker Joyce Mitchell as they continued their search for the two prisoners, David Sweat and Richard Matt, who escaped the maximum security section of the Clinton Correction Facility nearly a week ago. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
Law enforcement officers walk along Route 3 in search of two escapees from Clinton Correctional Facility on Friday, June 12, 2015, near Dannemora, N.Y. Squads of law enforcement officers are searching for David Sweat and Richard Matt, two murderers who escaped from the maximum-security prison in northern New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A law enforcement helicopter aids in the search for escaped prisoners David Sweat and Richard Matt on Sunday, June 14, 2015, in Saranac, N.Y. Law enforcement personnel are in the ninth day of searching Sweat and Matt, two killers who used power tools to cut their way out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora in northern New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
DANNEMORA, NY - JUNE 13: A manhole used by two prisoners who escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility on June 13, 2015 in Dannemora, New York. Law enforcement announced the arrest of Joyce Mitchell as they continued their search for two prisoners, David Sweat and Richard Matt, who escaped the maximum security section of the Clinton Correctional Facility nearly a week ago. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
CADYVILLE, NY - JUNE 13: Law enforcement personnel search an area June 13, 2015 in Cadyville, New York. Officials announced the arrest of Joyce Mitchell as they continued their search for two prisoners, David Sweat and Richard Matt, who escaped the maximum security section of the Clinton Correctional Facility nearly a week ago. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
SARAN, NY - JUNE 14: Law enforcement personnel search an area June 14, 2015 in Saranac, New York. Officials announced the arrest yesterday of Joyce Mitchell, who is accused of helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape, as they continued their search for two prisoners who escaped the maximum security section of the Clinton Correction Facility one week ago. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
A law enforcement officer takes off his boots during a break in the search for two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility on Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Saranac, N.Y. Authorities are in the eighth day of searching for David Sweat and Richard Matt, two killers who used power tools to cut their way out of the prison in northern New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
SARANAC, NY - JUNE 13: Department of Corrections officers work a roadblock on June 13, 2015 in Saranac, New York. Law enforcement announced the arrest yesterday of prison worker Joyce Mitchell as they continued their search for the two prisoners, David Sweat and Richard Matt, who escaped the maximum security section of the Clinton Correction Facility nearly a week ago. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
Law enforcement officers question a woman, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, who lives near the prison in Dannemora, N.Y., as they searched houses near the maximum-security prison in northern New York where two killers escaped using power tools. State Police said the fifth day of searching will entail going from house to house in Dannemora, where David Sweat and Richard Matt cut their way out of the Clinton Correctional Facility. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
WEST PLATTSBURGH, NY - JUNE 14: A law enforcement officer works a checkpoint June 14, 2015 in West Plattsburgh, New York. Officials announced the arrest of Joyce Mitchell, who is accused of helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape, June 13, as they continued their search for two prisoners who escaped the maximum security section of the Clinton Correction Facility one week ago. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
Law enforcement officers walk along Route 3 and Trudeau Road after emerging from the woods during a search for two escapees from Clinton Correctional Facility on Friday, June 12, 2015, near Dannemora, N.Y. Squads of law enforcement officers are searching for David Sweat and Richard Matt, two murderers who escaped from the maximum-security prison in northern New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Corrections officers sit on cots in the gym of a fitness facility between shifts in the search for two escaped prisoners Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Dannemora, N.Y. Authorities are in the eighth day of searching for David Sweat and Richard Matt, two killers who used power tools to cut their way out of Clinton Correctional Facility in northern New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
New York State Police prepare their equipment during a search for two escaped prisoners near Dannemora, N.Y., Thursday, June 11, 2015. Police have blocked off the main road outside a northern New York village as authorities concentrate their sixth day of searching for David Sweat and Richard Matt on a swampy area just a couple miles from the prison the convicts broke out of last weekend. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A law enforcement officer walks through a swampy area searching for escaped prisoners near Essex, N.Y., Tuesday, June 9, 2015. State and federal law officers searching for two killers who used power tools to break out of a maximum-security prison poured into the small town 30 miles away Tuesday after getting a report of a possible sighting. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A law enforcement officer's weapon is muddied while searching two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility, Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Saranac, N.Y. Authorities are in the eighth day of searching for David Sweat and Richard Matt, two killers who used power tools to cut their way out of the prison in northern New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Law enforcement officers walk the streets in Dannemora, N.Y., as they searched houses near the maximum-security prison in northern New York where two killers escaped using power tools,Wednesday, June 10, 2015. State Police said the fifth day of searching will entail going from house to house in Dannemora, where David Sweat and Richard Matt cut their way out of the Clinton Correctional Facility. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
CADYVILLE, NY - JUNE 13: Law enforcement personnel search an area June 13, 2015 in Cadyville, New York. Officials announced the arrest of Joyce Mitchell as they continued their search for two prisoners, David Sweat and Richard Matt, who escaped the maximum security section of the Clinton Correctional Facility nearly a week ago. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
Jennifer Hilchey-Reyell watches the tree line as she carries a .22 rifle walking from her mother's house to her own house near Dannemora, N.Y., Thursday, June 11, 2015. Hilchey-Reyell has been keeping a gun close at hand since the escape of two prisoners from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility near her home. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
WEST PLATTSBURGH, NY - JUNE 14: A law enforcement officer works a checkpoint June 14, 2015 in West Plattsburgh, New York. Officials announced the arrest of Joyce Mitchell, who is accused of helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape, June 13, as they continued their search for two prisoners who escaped the maximum security section of the Clinton Correction Facility one week ago. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
CADYVILLE, NY - JUNE 13: Law enforcement personnel search an area June 13, 2015 in Cadyville, New York. Officials announced the arrest of Joyce Mitchell as they continued their search for two prisoners, David Sweat and Richard Matt, who escaped the maximum security section of the Clinton Correctional Facility nearly a week ago. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
Law enforcement officers walk the streets near the prison in Dannemora, N.Y., as they searched houses near the maximum-security prison in northern New York where two killers escaped using power tools,Wednesday, June 10, 2015. State Police said the fifth day of searching will entail going from house to house in Dannemora, where David Sweat and Richard Matt cut their way out of the Clinton Correctional Facility. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A law enforcement officer's worn boot is taped while searching two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility, Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Saranac, N.Y. Authorities are in the eighth day of searching for David Sweat and Richard Matt, two killers who used power tools to cut their way out of the prison in northern New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A law enforcement officer drinks water during a break in the search for two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility on Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Saranac, N.Y. Authorities are in the eighth day of searching for David Sweat and Richard Matt, two killers who used power tools to cut their way out of the prison in northern New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
SARAN, NY - JUNE 14: Law enforcement personnel search an area June 14, 2015 in Saranac, New York. Officials announced the arrest yesterday of Joyce Mitchell, who is accused of helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape, as they continued their search for two prisoners who escaped the maximum security section of the Clinton Correction Facility one week ago. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
A heavily armed law enforcement officer looks over a field through binoculars during a search for two escaped killers near Boquet, N.Y., Tuesday, June 9, 2015. State and federal law officers are searching for David Sweat and Richard Matt, two killers who used power tools to break out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannnemora, close to the Canadian border. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A law enforcement officer checks a broken down building for escaped prisoners near Essex, N.Y., Tuesday, June 9, 2015. With police helicopters hovering overhead, hundreds of law officers in body armor poured into the small town in the Adirondack Mountains on Tuesday in a search for two killers who used power tools to break out of a maximum-security prison 30 miles away. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Members of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision emergency response team search a wooded area for two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility on Monday, June 8, 2015, in Dannemora, N.Y. The two murderers who escaped from the prison by cutting through steel walls and pipes remain on the loose Monday as authorities investigate how the inmates obtained the power tools used in the breakout. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Law enforcement officers search for two escaped prisoners near Essex, N.Y., Tuesday, June 9, 2015. State and federal law officers searching for two killers who used power tools to break out of a maximum-security prison poured into the small town 30 miles away Tuesday after getting a report of a possible sighting. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Law enforcement officers man a checkpoint outside Clinton Correctional Facility on Monday, June 8, 2015, in Dannemora, N.Y. Two murderers who escaped from the prison by cutting through steel walls and pipes remain on the loose Monday as authorities investigate how the inmates obtained the power tools used in the breakout. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Law enforcement officers check a vehicle at a checkpoint near the Clinton Correctional Facility, background, on Monday, June 8, 2015, in Dannemora, N.Y. Two murderers who escaped from the prison by cutting through steel walls and pipes remain on the loose Monday as authorities investigate how the inmates obtained the power tools used in the breakout. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Members of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision emergency response team search a property for two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility on Monday, June 8, 2015, in Dannemora, N.Y. The two murderers who escaped from the prison by cutting through steel walls and pipes remain on the loose Monday as authorities investigate how the inmates obtained the power tools used in the breakout. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A member of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision emergency response team waves to a child on a school bus before the team enters the woods in search of two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility on Monday, June 8, 2015, in Dannemora, N.Y. The two murderers who escaped from the prison by cutting through steel walls and pipes remain on the loose Monday as authorities investigate how the inmates obtained the power tools used in the breakout. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A member of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision emergency response team searches a wooded area with team members for two escapees from the Clinton Correctional Facility on Monday, June 8, 2015, in Dannemora, N.Y. The two murderers who escaped from the prison by cutting through steel walls and pipes remain on the loose Monday as authorities investigate how the inmates obtained the power tools used in the breakout. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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Sergeant Jay Cook of the New York State Police was on patrol alone when he spotted "a suspicious man walking down a roadway" at about 3:20 p.m. local time.

Cook called out to the individual, and when he turned the officer recognized him as Sweat, police said.

The fugitive took off running and the officer shot him twice in the torso, police said. Sweat was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

"The nightmare is finally over," New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo told a news conference. "If you were writing a movie plot, they would say it was overdone." He added that Sweat was in stable condition.

Cuomo said he had personally congratulated the officer.

"It was a very courageous act. I said to Sgt. Cook, who has two daughters, 16 and 17, 'You go home tonight and tell your daughters you're a hero,'" the governor said.

CNN showed a photograph of pale, gaunt-looking Sweat after he was captured, seated on the ground in a dark jacket and muddy camouflage clothing. He appeared to have dried blood on his face.

Sweat has not been interviewed by investigators yet, Joseph D'Amico, superintendent of the New York State police, told the same news conference.

D'Amico, who said police had intended to apprehend Sweat without using force if possible, said he did not know when the two fugitives parted ways during their three-week trek.

Security was tight outside the Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, where Sweat was taken.

"I think a lot of people are going to rest easier tonight," said Jessica Randall, 38, of Malone, who was shopping with her husband when she saw a convoy of police vehicles speed by.

CNN showed footage of an ambulance and several police cars leaving the hospital in Malone, and said Sweat was being taken to a hospital in the state capital, Albany.

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

AUDACIOUS BREAK-OUT

In their audacious break-out, the pair cut through cell walls, climbed along a catwalk, shimmied through a steam pipe and emerged from a manhole outside prison walls, authorities said.

Matt, 49, was shot and killed on Friday near Malone, about 27 miles (43 km) northwest of the maximum-security prison, by a member of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection tactical unit.

Autopsy results released earlier on Sunday showed he was shot three times in the head and died of severe skull fractures and brain injuries.

Matt also had bug bites, blisters and minor abrasions "consistent with living in the woods for three weeks," the New York State Police said in a statement.

READ MORE: Autopsy: Slain escaped inmate was shot 3 times in head

The manhunt for the pair had scoured a remote, heavily wooded area where law enforcement agents worked around the clock in scorching weather and driving rain using infrared devices and listening posts.

The New York Daily News published on Sunday what it said was an exclusive photograph of the pair walking in sunlit woods, taken by a trail camera, while they were on the run on Wednesday. In the picture, one of them appears to be holding a shotgun or rifle.

Sweat's DNA had been found on a pepper shaker, about a mile from where Matt was shot, in an effort to throw tracking dogs off the scent, D'Amico said.

Sweat had been serving a life sentence without parole in 2003 for killing a New York sheriff's deputy.

Matt was convicted in the 1997 torture, murder and dismemberment of his boss in Tonawanda, New York. After he apparently fired a shot at a passing motorist on Friday, officers spotted and confronted him outside a cabin.

He was shot and killed after he refused to comply with orders to put down a shotgun he was holding, police said.

The Buffalo News has reported that Matt, who turned 49 the day before, may have been intoxicated, citing the owner of a burglarized cabin who said he had found empty liquor bottles.

Police said toxicology results were pending.

Two prison workers have been charged with aiding in the escape. Gene Palmer, a 57-year-old corrections officer, is accused of bringing hacksaw blades and a screwdriver bit to the inmates, hidden in frozen hamburger meat supplied by Joyce Mitchell, 51, a training supervisor in the prison tailor shop.


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