Manhunt for Escaped Clinton Correctional Inmates

Dannemora Prisoner Search

2015: The State Police becomes the lead agency in a massive law enforcement manhunt for two escaped prisoners of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.  Two prisoners, Richard Matt and David Sweat, both serving time for murder, used power tools to cut through concrete walls and steel piping allowing them access to under ground tunnels.  During the early morning hours of June 6, 2015, they followed the tunnels under the exterior walls of the prison and to the street outside.  More than 1,500 law enforcement officers are used for the manhunt and law enforcement followed up on over 2,500 leads in an extremely rural and heavily forested area just south of the Canadian border.
On June 26th, police receive reports of shots fired near Route 30 and a driver of a RV advised police that his camper had a bullet hole in the side of it.  There is a sighting of a man in the woods and a U.S. Customs Tactical Team confronts Richard Matt.  A shootout ensues and Matt is killed by members of the tactical team. 
Two days later, a sergeant with the State Police observes a man walking in a field close to the Canadian border.  The sergeant identifies the man as David Sweat and attempts to stop him when the prisoner flees towards the woods.  The sergeant shoots Sweat in the torso and takes him into custody, ending the manhunt.