Colorado escapee Elias Buck on the run after allegedly shooting New Mexico officer – CBS Denver

(CBS4) – A manhunt is underway in the Four Corners area for a 22-year-old Durango resident who authorities said shot and injured a Farmington, New Mexico police officer during a traffic stop on Friday evening.

The Farmington Police Department and the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office both issued press releases on Saturday. The two identified Elias Buck as the suspect.

Buck was reportedly arrested at an undisclosed location for an impaired driving investigation, according to FPD. Farmington officer Joseph Barreto suffered non-life threatening injuries in the incident. A handgun allegedly used by Buck was reportedly found at the scene.

Photos of the shooting of suspect Elias Buck (left) and Victoria Hernandez from the scene of Friday night’s incident. (credit: Farmington Police Department / Facebook)

A woman, Victoria ‘Rossi’ Hernandez, 28, was with Buck when they were arrested, the two agencies said. La Plata called her Buck’s girlfriend. Farmington named her a person of interest in their case.

Elias Buck (credit: Farmington (NM) Police Department / Facebook)

Buck escaped from La Plata County Jail on December 27, per LPCSO. Details of the escape were not provided.

Online criminal records show Buck was arrested earlier in December for an incident in November. In that case, he was charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft, robbery and second degree assault, all felonies.

Buck has been described by LPCSO as “very dangerous” and should not be approached by members of the public. Buck recently said he didn’t want to go back to jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

“His actions,” LPSCO said in its press release, “demonstrate that he is very dangerous.”

The agency said members of the public should not approach Buck but call 9-1-1. A reward is also offered for information leading to his arrest.

The Durango Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, and the United States Marshal’s Service are among the other law enforcement agencies involved in Buck’s search.


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