David Sweat in critical but stable condition in Albany hospital

David Sweat was shot and captured Sunday afternoon a few miles away from the Canadian border in upstate New York.

Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Constable, N.Y. Sweat is the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York. His capture came two days after his escape partner, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by authorities. (AP Photo)

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB/WTEN) – Escaped inmate David Sweat is listed in critical condition at Albany Medical Center.

Sweat is in a secure area of the hospital, where all members of the staff are trained to handle these types of emergency situations.

He was transported to Albany because the hospital has a contract with the Department of Corrections.

The hospital held a press conference late Sunday and says Sweat will likely be at the hospital for a few days.

Doctors say he is a “high profile patient,” but they are treating him the same as every patient that needs their help.

Albany Medical Center Medical Director Dennis McKenna says:

“When you deviate from how you would care from those patients, you’re setting yourself up to do things you’re not used to doing.

The difference in this case is the coordination of the non-medical pieces, the security, of course, being paramount, to be sure that we have the situation controlled and that we’re able to provide the care in a way that’s safe for not only our staff, but for everyone around us.”

They can’t say if there are bullets in him, only that he is in critical condition.

Richard Matt’s body brought to Albany
Prison escapee Richard Matt was shot and killed Friday, June 26, 2015 by law enforcement.
Prison escapee Richard Matt was shot and killed Friday, June 26, 2015 by law enforcement.

The body of escaped convict Richard Matt will be studied in the Capital Region.

Matt’s body was transported to Albany Medical Center on Saturday where an autopsy was performed. An official says during a briefing that Matt appeared to be acting intoxicated at the time he was shot.

The convicted murderer was also reportedly in bad health before the encounter with a border patrol SWAT team.

The autopsy determined Matt’s caused of death to be severe skull fractures and brain injuries due to gunshot wounds to the head.

An examination of the body revealed bug bites on the lower extremities, blisters and minor abrasions consistent with living in the woods for three weeks.

A preliminary investigation revealed a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Tactical Unit member discharged several rounds from a semi-automatic weapon striking Matt in the head three times, according to the New York State Police.

Toxicology results are pending.

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