Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border in Constable, N.Y. on June 28, 2015.
June 29, 2015 7:42 AM EDT

The state trooper who shot and apprehended fugitive killer David Sweat has been hailed a “hero” by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Sgt. Jay Cook, a 21-year veteran and father-of-two, was part of the vast manhunt scouring the tough terrain of upstate New York for Sweat, one of the two convicted murderers who escaped their maximum security prison more than three weeks ago.

Speaking at a press conference after Sweat’s capture, Governor Cuomo said he “had the chance to speak with Sgt. Cook and congratulate him on his great police work.”

The governor said the officer should go home to …

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