29 Jun 2015

US escapee shot, in custody - reports

8:43 am on 29 June 2015

Escaped New York state prison inmate David Sweat is in custody after being shot by police near the Canadian border, according to media reports.

Convicted murderers Sweat and Richard Matt escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

Richard Matt, 49, was shot dead in woodlands near the town of Malone, about 50km from the prison on 25 June. Sweat had remained at large as police continued to search the area.

Convicted murderers Richard Matt, left, and David Sweat used power tools to escape the Clinton Correctional Facility.

Convicted murderers Richard Matt, left, and David Sweat used power tools to escape the Clinton Correctional Facility. Photo: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo / AFP

The pair escaped through the prison sewer system after using power tools to break out of their cell on 6 June.

The escape set off a massive manhunt.

Prisoner worker Joyce Mitchell has been charged with aiding the inmates in their escape.

Prosecutors allege that she gave the men power tools that allowed them to saw through a steel cell wall before bashing a hole through a brick wall and crawling through.

Ms Mitchell denies the charges.

Before their escape, Matt was serving a prison sentence of 25 years to life for the killing and dismembering of his former boss.

Sweat was serving a life sentence for murdering a sheriff's deputy.

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