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US fugitive killer shot, captured

Published 28/06/2015

A road block on Route 27 as part of the search for convicted murderer David Sweat (AP)
A road block on Route 27 as part of the search for convicted murderer David Sweat (AP)

The second of two convicted killers who staged an elaborate escape from a maximum-security upstate New York prison three weeks ago has been shot and taken into custody.

David Sweat was shot on Sunday in Constable. Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill says Sweat was transported to a medical centre in Malone but had no information on his condition.

Fellow inmate Richard Matt was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement officers on Friday.

Authorities say the pair used power tools to saw through a steel cell wall and several steel steam pipes, bashed a hole through a two-foot-thick brick wall, squirmed through pipes and escaped early on June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

Sweat was serving life without parole in the killing of a sheriff's deputy in Broome County in 2002. Matt was serving 25 years to life for the killing and dismembering of his former boss.

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