With more than 1,300 officers fanned out across northern New York’s dense forest hunting for the remaining escapee who broke out of a maximum-security prison, a state trooper, alone in his car, spotted a jogger near a rain-soaked field two miles from the Canadian border.
“Hey, come over here,” Sgt. Jay Cook, a 21-year veteran called to the man, according to an account by New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico.
The jogger ignored him. Cook called out again.
When the jogger turned around, Cook realized he was face to face with David Sweat, the fugitive convicted killer who made a brazen escape from Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6 along with Richard Matt, who was shot and killed Friday by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer. Sweat broke into a run.
Cook chased Sweat into a hay field and fired two shots from his handgun before Sweat, dressed in camouflage pants, could slip into the thick terrain. Sweat was shot twice in the torso, handcuffed and airlifted to a hospital.