Fugitive prison escapee David Sweat is in police custody after being shot and injured by a state trooper in upstate New York, the New York Times reports:
Mr. Sweat, 35, was alive and in custody, Sheriff David Favro of Clinton County said. He was taken to Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone. His condition was not immediately available.
The shooting occurred after a State Police sergeant saw Mr. Sweat walking down a road toward him, according to one person with knowledge of the matter. The sergeant ordered Mr. Sweat to stop, but he broke into a run and the sergeant, a firearms instructor, opened fire, the person said. It was not immediately clear how many shots were fired or whether Mr. Sweat was armed.
“It’s been a long haul for everyone, for the community, for law enforcement,” the sheriff said of the exetensive search, which lasted more than three weeks. “I’ll be curious now if he survives to see what he’s going to say if anything.”
Earlier today, authorities said they were close to catching Sweat after finding his DNA near the location where his fellow escapee Richard Matt was killed in a confrontation with border patrol officers on Friday.