The Latest: NY trooper's mom: He was in right place at right time to stop escaped murderer

The latest on the capture of two convicted murderers from a maximum-security prison (all times local):

7 a.m. EDT

The family of the veteran state trooper who shot and wounded an escaped murderer in a northern New York field says he was on roving patrol when he happened to spot the convict.

Judy Cook tells The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh ( that her 47-year-old son, Sgt. Jay Cook, "just happened to be in the right place at the right time" when he shot David Sweat twice Sunday afternoon in the town of Constable, near the Canadian border.

Cook is a 21-year veteran of the state police. He's a native of the neighboring town of Burke, and his mother says he has been patrolling the area along the border for years.

Officials say Sweat is in critical condition at an Albany hospital.