Escaped inmate David Sweat shot near Canadian border

This undated photo released by the New York State Police shows David Sweat. Authorities say 48-year-old Richard Matt and 34-year-old David Sweat escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. (New York State Police via AP)

NEW YORK (NBC) — Convicted murderer and escaped inmate David Sweat was shot near the Canadian border Sunday, multiple New York State officials with knowledge of the investigation and manhunt told NBC News.

Senior officials said Sweat was wounded but is alive and was taken into custody just south of the Canadian border.

The news comes more than three weeks after Sweat broke free from Clinton Correctional Facility, and two days after Richard Matt, 49, the man he escaped with, was killed by law enforcement.

Matt was shot dead in Malone, which is about 40 miles away from the prison and 20 miles away from the Canadian border.

More than 1,300 law enforcement officers were combing Malone and Duane Sunday, increased from the 1,200 who were searching in the same area the day before. Officials had said that there was no evidence to suggest that Sweat was in the area, but nothing indicated otherwise.

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