Senator Says At Least 1 Prison Escapee Was Armed


priNew York’s U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says at least one of the two killers who escaped from an upstate maximum-security prison was armed when they were tracked by dogs and one was killed.

He says, “There was shooting heard in the woods.”

Richard Matt was killed Friday by a federal border patrol agent from Vermont.

David Sweat is still on the loose. Police looking for Sweat are trucking floodlights into a heavily wooded area in Malone where they believe he’s hiding and where Matt was killed. The site is about 30 miles from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, where the inmates escaped June 6.

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

A prison guard and a prison tailor shop instructor have been accused of helping the inmates escape by smuggling them tools hidden inside hamburger meat.



  1. What is the point of the first two sentences of this article? That Senator Schumer has access to the same news reports as me and the rest of New York State, and the United States. By now, state officials and others directly involved in the search have reported that both escapees obtained guns from unoccupied hunting lodges in the vicinity of the Dannemora prison. Is YWN trying to give the impression that Senator Schumer is participating in the search for the escapees, one of whom is now dead? Curiouser and curiouser.