La Plata County inmate arrested in Arizona after escaping, shooting New Mexico police

MARICOPA COUNTY, Arizona (KDVR) – A Man escapes from La Plata County Jail on December 27 was arrested in Arizona on Friday morning.

Elias Buck, 22, was serving as a trustee – a privileged prisoner – at the time of his escape last month.

On January 7, Buck shot and injured a Farmington Police Department officer in New Mexico after being stopped for a possible DUI. The officer who was shot, Joseph Barreto, suffered non-life threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

An arrest warrant was issued against Buck on January 8 for assaulting a peace officer with a deadly weapon.

Early this morning, the Phoenix Police Department received a tip that Buck was at a Quiktrip convenience store at 8004 N. 27th Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona. Officers responded and identified Buck, who had tried to flee, but police say he was quickly apprehended.

No officers were injured in Buck’s arrest.

Farmington Sheriff Steve Hebbe issued the following statement:

“This is the culmination of a very emotional week for the Rangers. We look forward to working closely with the district attorney as this case moves through the courts, so we can achieve our goal of holding everyone involved in this case accountable. accountability and keep our citizens and officers safe. “ La Plata County inmate arrested in Arizona after escaping, shooting New Mexico police

Tom Vazquez

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