Saturday 29 October 2016

Police shoot and capture second jailbreak killer

Michael Balsamo

Published 29/06/2015 | 02:30

Hospitalised: David Sweat
Hospitalised: David Sweat

The second of two murderers who staged a brazen escape from jail in New York three weeks ago was shot and captured near the Canadian border last night.

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David Sweat was caught two days after his fellow inmate Richard Matt was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement officers last Friday.

Sweat was taken to hospital after police shot him in the town of Constable, about 3km south of the Canadian border.

Federal police said Sweat was shot twice in the confrontation and it is believed no officers were injured.

Matt and Sweat used power tools to saw through a steel cell wall and several steel steam pipes, bashed a hole through a 60cm-thick brick wall, squirmed through pipes and emerged from a manhole outside the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora on June 6.

Sweat was serving a sentence of life without parole for the killing of a sheriff's deputy in Broome County in 2002. Matt was serving 25 years to life for the killing and dismembering of his former boss. They were added to the US Marshals Service's 15 Most Wanted fugitives list two weeks after getting away.

The search for the escaped killers was initially concentrated around the prison and a rural community where search dogs had caught the scent of both men.

The manhunt broke open on Friday afternoon when a border patrol team discovered Matt, who was shot after failing to heed a command to raise his hands. He was shot three times in the head, according to an autopsy.

A coroner who attended the autopsy said Matt was clean, well-fed and dressed for the elements at the time he was killed.

Irish Independent

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