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(BURKE, N.Y.) — Police have captured convicted murderer David Sweat, who escaped from a maximum security prison in upstate New York more than three weeks ago, three officials told ABC News.

Sweat is “under the control of law enforcement,” the officials said. A State Police sergeant shot Sweat after spotting him walking down a road and ordering him to stop. When Sweat began to run, the sergeant, who also happens to be a firearms instructor, opened fire.

Sweat was taken into police custoy alive and then transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

His accomplice, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by a border patrol SWAT team Friday afternoon in Elephant’s Head, New York, just 50 miles away from the prison, after he was spotted by a law enforcement officer walking in the woods.

Matt and Sweat used power tools to cut through the back of their adjacent cells on June 6 at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, about 20 miles south of the Canadian border, police said. They broke through a brick wall, then cut into a steam pipe and slithered through it, finally emerging outside the prison walls through a manhole.

More than 1,000 corrections officers and law enforcement officers were involved in the search.

Matt was serving 25 years to life in prison after he kidnapped and beat a man to death in 1997. Sweat was serving a life sentence after he was convicted of killing a Broome County sheriff’s deputy in 2002.

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