A real dragnet is underway in upstate New York for the remaining escaped prisoner at large after his accomplice from the prison break has been shot and killed. Richard Matt didn’t comply with law enforcement’s verbal commands and was shot and killed on the spot. He did not shoot at police, as some reports have indicated. The other prisoner is believed to have made his escape into the woods about 30 miles from the prison, but police have not laid eyes on him, according to MSN News on June 26.
Matt was fatally shot by a Vermont Border Patrol agent, who had joined the 1,000-plus law enforcement members in this manhunt that narrowed down to this one area in New York. Floodlights are being trucked into the area as the search for the prisoner on the run, David Sweat, continues past nightfall. According to Fox News tonight, police believe they are closing in on Sweat.
The head of New York State police said at a press conference Friday night that the last time anyone laid eyes on Sweat was the day of the prison break. They have recovered evidence that the prisoners were together at some time after their escape. Governor Andrew Cuomo said that police believe Sweat is hiding not far from where Matt was shot and killed. But there is no sighting of Sweat and nothing to confirm that the two were together at the location where Matt was taken down.
It was a 911 call reporting a gunshot to a camper that a man was towing that led the police to the area. Police did a search of the area and found Matt. Matt was shot dead when he failed to comply with verbal commands from police. There is no sighting of Sweat by law enforcement, but they have no reason to believe that Sweat was not with Matt at the time he was killed. They believed he escaped into the woods.
Police had several leads that panned out. One cabin was discovered broken into when a man found a liquor bottle out of place. He called 911. Besides the first cabin, where both prisoner’s DNA was found, there had been a few other break-ins done by these two prisoners. In one of the cabins they could find evidence of Matt, but not Sweat.
The search area moved slightly west of Malone after evidence left behind at another cabin indicated at least one of the prisoners had stayed there. The roads are blocked off and 1,100 members of law enforcement personal from the region are making a clean sweep through the heavily wooded area, attempting to push Sweat out of his hiding place and take him into custody.
Police believe that it is now just a matter of time before the remaining prisoner is in custody. With the amount of man power stationed in that area, there is nowhere for Sweat to go. Fox News reports the manhunt includes 1,100 members of various law enforcement agencies, who came to the area from locations around the region.