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Escaped inmate David Sweat shot near Canadian border

In this handout from New York State Police, convicted murderers David Sweat (L) and Richard Matt are shown i n this composite image. Matt, 48, and Sweat, 34, escaped from the maximum security prison June 6, 2015 using power tools and going through a manhole.
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In this handout from New York State Police, convicted murderers David Sweat (L) and Richard Matt are shown i n this composite image. Matt, 48, and Sweat, 34, escaped from the maximum security prison June 6, 2015 using power tools and going through a manhole.

Convicted murderer and escaped inmate David Sweat was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday, multiple New York State officials with knowledge of the investigation and manhunt told NBC News. He was listed in critical condition Sunday night.

"The nightmare is finally over," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference late Sunday. "It took 22 days, but ... let's give a big applause to the men and women of law enforcement who did a great job."

The news comes more than three weeks after Sweat broke free from Clinton Correctional Facility, and two days after Richard Matt, 49, the man he escaped with, was killed by law enforcement.

Matt was shot dead in Malone, which is about 40 miles away from the prison and 20 miles away from the Canadian border.

More than 1,300 law enforcement officers were combing Malone and Duane Sunday, increased from the 1,200 who were searching in the same area the day before.