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New York Trooper Hailed as Hero for Capturing Escaped Cop Killer

June 29, 2015  | 

New York State Police Sgt. Jay Cook shot and captured escaped cop killer Dave Sweat. (Photo: New York State Police)
New York State Police Sgt. Jay Cook shot and captured escaped cop killer Dave Sweat. (Photo: New York State Police)

Prison-break fugitive David Sweat’s life on the lam came to an abrupt end Sunday, thanks to the aim of a New York State Police trooper.

Sgt. Jay Cook, a 21-year veteran state trooper and firearms instructor, was hailed a “hero” by Gov. Cuomo, after he single-handedly confronted escaped cop-killer Sweat on a desolate road and shot him twice in the torso as the fugitive made a run for the woods.

Sweat was taken into custody bloodied, but alive.

Cook graduated from the state police academy in 1994. Out of 150 candidates, he graduated the most proficient shooter in his class.

Besides being a firearms instructor, Cook was the Troop B officer in charge of a new ballistics and gun registration system.

“He did an excellent job,” state police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico told the New York Daily News. “I think he did a very courageous and brave act of policing.”


Comments (4)

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Patrick @ 6/29/2015 4:14 PM

Nice job Trooper. You not only talk the talk as an instructor you "walk the walk" too. Job well done and stay safe!

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/29/2015 4:20 PM

Congratulations to Sgt. Cook for his bravery and marksmanship in the line of duty while facing a perp that had already killed another officer. Knowing that he was alone and facing a killer he acted with a cool head and took the shot or shots when he knew he needed to and put an end to Sweat's breakout and the terrorizing of that part of New York. Commendations are in order Mr. Governor!

Fed Cop @ 6/30/2015 8:13 AM

Anybody want to bet the ACLU is looking for family members and interviewing the POS for a civil rights violation and excessive UOF suit against the trooper and State?

Carol Lou @ 6/30/2015 11:54 PM

😎Outstanding Trooper Patrick 💗❗ All Our LEOS are Our Heros👼❗

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