Report: David Sweat, Escaped Inmate, Shot In Upstate New York
The New York Times reports that David Sweat, the final escapee still on the loose following a daring prison escape in Upstate New York, has been shot by a state trooper.
His condition was unknown and unconfirmed, but one of three unnamed sources says Sweat is alive and in custody. The confrontation took place in Constable, NY, about 40 miles from Clinton Correctional Facility, from where Sweat and Richard Matt escaped three weeks ago, and a few miles from Malone, where Matt was shot and killed on Friday.
Known as “Little Siberia,” the prison is famous for its toughness and isolation. Sweat and Matt reportedly befriend a civilian who works in the tailor shop. Joyce “Tille” Mitchell is charged with aiding the convicts by smuggling them tools, though she later went back on a plan to pick them up and aid their escape by car.
On foot and alone, the duo still managed to evade literally thousands of law enforcement agents for weeks. Evidence suggests they survived by breaking into cabins for food and weapons. But Matt was killed on Friday after reportedly being discovered and refusing to surrender.
Sweat was serving a life sentence without parole after pleading guilty to killing a police officer.