New York State Police Sgt Jay Cook shot fugitive David Sweat twice in the torso near the Canadian border Sunday. Cook shot Sweat after the latter failed to heed to the warning shot. Sweat suffered gunshot wounds but is now in stable condition and remains in police custody.
Sweat will be grilled
Cook saw a suspicious man walking down a roadway in the Town of Constable at about 3:20 p.m., police said in a statement. Cook asked the suspicious man to “freeze” but the man did not heed to the warning. Cook then shot Sweat twice in the torso and ran to the tree line in an attempt to flee but to no avail. Once handcuffed by police, Sweat was brought to the Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, New York.
New York Gov Andrew Cuomo lauded the men and women of law enforcement who did a great job. As for Sweat, he said he will be grilled on how they were able to conduct the elaborate escape plot. In addition, his statements will be bases for the investigation to be conducted into the whole system inside the Clinton Correctional Facility.
“It was the first escape in 100 years, but one escape is one escape too many. Anyone who we find who was culpable and guilty of cooperating in this escape will be fully prosecuted,” Cuomo told press.
“Today ends with good news. These were really dangerous, dangerous men, both Matt and Sweat. These were killers … We could not tolerate them being on the loose.”
Richard Matt died due to severe skull fractures
On June 27, the result of autopsy for Richard Matt was releases. Dr Michael Sikirica determined the cause of death to be severe skull fractures and brain injuries due to gunshot wounds to the head. According to preliminary investigation, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Tactical Unit member discharged several wounds from a semi-automatic weapon striking Matt in the head three times.
The examination of Matt’s body also revealed bug bites on the lower extremities, blisters and minor abrasions consistent with living in the woods for three weeks.
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