The inmate was captured after a 3-week manhunt

By Maria Mercedes Lara
Updated June 28, 2015 04:30 PM
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Credit: New York State Police/AP

Escaped murderer David Sweat has been wounded and captured in upstate New York, according to authorities.

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, New York State Police say that Sweat was discovered on Sunday afternoon while walking on a road.

“At approximately 3:20 p.m. on June 28, a member of the New York State Police spotted a suspicious man walking down a roadway in the Town of Constable,” the statement reads.

“The member shot and injured Clinton Correctional Facility escapee David Sweat. Sweat was taken into police custody alive, then taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

“His condition is unknown at this time.”

WWNY TV obtained images of Sweat during his arrest, showing the 35-year-old bloodied, shirtless, and getting medical treatment after he was arrested.

Sweat made headlines three weeks ago after he successfully escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, along with fellow inmate Richard Matt. Matt, 48, was shot dead by police on Friday in Malone, New York.

The two inmates led authorities on an intense manhunt in the weeks following their escape. Two prison workers, Joyce Mitchell and Gene Palmer, were arrested in connection with aiding the convicts. Mitchell has pled not guilty to her charges while Palmer is awaiting arraignment.

Mitchell allegedly engaged in a physical relationship with both Sweat and Matt. Her husband, Lyle Mitchell, who also worked at the prison, said he is still shocked by the charges brought against his wife, and denied claims that she was plotting with the prisoners to have him killed.

Locals told PEOPLE that they were happy that the manhunt was finally over.

“I’m glad it’s over,” said Sherry Marshall, a resident of Malone, New York. “If you live in Malone you’ve been on high alert for the last week. This is awesome. We’ve been locking our doors and keeping our lights on all night long, stuff like that. This is small town and normally we don’t have to lock our doors but we all have been.”

Franz Fredericks, another Malone resident and owner of Fredericks Bike and Kayaks, near where Sweat was shot, also echoed the feeling of relief.

“I feel relieved that they caught them both. Totally relieved. ”

Fredericks added, “My bike shop is close to where he was shot. I am right where all the action is – not that I want to be!

“People here are happy they didn’t kill him because we want to know how they got this far. We want to know how they did all this. We hope we all find this out.”

Amber Hammond of Constable, New York, spoke about closing her windows for weeks.

“I live right next to the store here in Constable and I haven’t opened my windows in my apartment for almost four weeks.

“I figured they were headed for the border and since we are so close to the border I figured they were going to make their way here eventually,” she continued.

With reporting by K.C. Baker and Eric Francis

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