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PopWrapped | Current Events

Escaped Convict David Sweat Shot And Captured By NY State Police

Bradleigh-Ann Walker | PopWrapped Author

Bradleigh-Ann Walker

Updated 06/30/2015 12:23pm
Escaped Convict David Sweat Shot And Captured By NY State Police | David Sweat
Media Courtesy of Credit: People.com

The massive manhunt for two escaped convicts in upstate New York is officially over.

David Sweat, 35, was reportedly shot and captured by New York State Police earlier today (June 28). He has received medical attention and is expected to survive the encounter.

According to an official statement from the police:

"At approximately 3:20 p.m. on June 28, a member of the New York State Police spotted a suspicious man walking down a roadway in the Town of Constable. The member shot and injured Clinton Correctional Facility escapee David Sweat. Sweat was taken into police custody alive, then taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries."

Sweat and Richard Matt, 48, escaped from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY earlier this month; apparently, the duo were the first to ever escape the prison.

A manhunt involving hundreds of law enforcement officials and trained dogs ensued in the weeks following. Matt was shot and killed on Friday (June 26).

Sweat was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder, while Matt was serving 25 years to life for three counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping, and two of robbery.

Two Clinton workers, Joyce Mitchell and Gene Palmer, were arrested after the prison break, accused of aiding the murderers. Mitchell, who allegedly had an intimate relationship with both Sweat and Matt, pled not guilty. Palmer is currently awaiting court arraignment.

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