Captured New York inmate to be charged with escape, burglary

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CONSTABLE, N.Y. (AP) —  A prosecutor says the surviving inmate who broke out of an upstate New York prison three weeks ago will be charged with escape, burglary and other counts.

David Sweat was captured Sunday afternoon after being shot twice by a state police sergeant less than two miles from the Canadian border.

Sweat and fellow inmate Richard Matt escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6. Matt was shot and killed after being spotted by authorities on Friday.

Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie says Sweat has not been formally interviewed by investigators but any information he provides could be critical to the ongoing investigation.

Two jail employees face charges in connection with the escape.

Authorities say Sweat was not armed when he was taken into custody.

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico says the sergeant who captured Sweat opened fire after the inmate ran from him toward a tree line near the Canadian border.

D’Amico says Sgt. Jay Cook was by himself when he shot and wounded Sweat after the fugitive refused a command to stop. He also said the escapees may have used pepper to mask their trail. He says DNA was recovered from pepper shakers found at one suspected camp.

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