Governor Cuomo Holds Press Conference with State Police and Various Other Law Enforcement Officials
Malone - Governor Cuomo gave an update on the search for escaped inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat in Malone, New York.
Escaped murderer Richard Matt was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol SWAT team on Friday, according to New York State Police, 20 days after he made a daring escape from the maximum security prison in Dannemora, New York.
State Police say Matt was armed with a 20 gauge shotgun, when he was shot in the town of Malone, New York, about 20 miles south of the Canadian border.
Investigators set up a perimeter around the wooded area where Matt was shot in hopes of capturing escapee David Sweat who is still on the run. New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared at a Friday evening news conference at the State Police barracks in Malone.
Matt and Sweat used power tools to saw their way out of their cells at the Clinton Correctional Facility early June 6th, and more than 1,100 officers have been involved in the nearly 3-week search.
Matt was serving 25 years to life in prison after he kidnapped, and beat his former boss to death in 1997. Sweat was serving a life sentence after he was convicted of killing a Broome County sheriff's deputy in 2002.
Two employees at the prison, tailor shop supervisor Joyce Mitchell and corrections officer Gene Palmer, have been charged in connection with the escape.Mitchell was charged with smuggling hacksaw blades and tools to the killers hidden in frozen hamburger meat. Palmer was charged with giving the inmates art supplies and tools in exchange for artwork. Palmer is set to be arraigned Monday. According to his lawyer, Palmer denied any knowledge of the inmate's escape plans.