Video: Escaped inmate captured after massive manhunt following shooting of police officer

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FARMINGTON, NM – An escaped inmate accused of shooting a Farmington Police officer during a suspected DUI investigation was arrested early Friday morning in Maricopa County, Arizona.

The Farmington Police Department said Elias Buck, 22, shot 25-year-old officer Joseph Barreto during a DUI investigation.

The New Mexico officer stopped Buck and his girlfriend walking along the roadway at around 10:15 p.m. on January 7 after receiving a report of a possible drunken driver near East Main Street and North Tucker Avenue.

Body camera video released by FPD started with Officer Barreto walking toward Buck and -year-old Victoria “Rossi” Hernandez along the street. Officer Barreto stopped the two and asked them to stand on the side of the road.

Buck asked the officer if they were ”being detained,” to which the officer responded, “Yes.”

Buck then pulled a handgun out of his right pants pocket and immediately began firing at the officer.

Despite being struck by gunfire, Officer Barreto returned fire as he retreated to his police vehicle. Both Buck and Hernandez ran from the scene on foot.

The wounded officer called for assistance, reporting that he had been shot. He was able to provide a description of the suspect and his direction of travel to responding officers. When officers arrived on scene a brief time later, he informed them he had been shot in the arm.

Officer Barreto was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he underwent surgery for his gunshot wound. Barreto has been released to recover from his injuries at home.

Investigators later learned that the shooter had escaped from La Plata County Jail in Durango in December after being arrested and charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft, robbery and second-degree assault, according to jail records.

Video: Escaped inmate captured after massive manhunt following shooting of police officer

Before his capture, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to Buck’s arrest. A statement issued by the Sheriff’s Office stated:

“We would like to ask the public to please stay vigilant and report any sightings of Mr. Buck or Miss Rossi to 911 immediately. Mr. Buck has made statements that he ‘will not go back to jail’ and his actions last night demonstrate that he is very dangerous.”

 

The reward was increased to $10,000 by the United States Marshals Service, which has described the shooting as a “major case.”

Buck was arrested just after midnight Friday morning after police in Phoenix received a tip that he was at a QuikTrip Convenience Store. When officers arrived, Buck and Hernandez were not present.

However, an alert security guard later recognized the two and called police back to the store.

Farmington Police said when officers in Phoenix found Buck, he attempted to flee but was quickly taken into custody. No officers were injured while taking Buck into custody.

Hernandez was released at the scene, but Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe says she could face aiding and abetting charges.

Buck will remain in custody in Arizona pending extradition hearings. He will eventually face charges for the shooting in New Mexico, the escape in Colorado, and attempted fleeing charges in Arizona.

Chief Hebbe released the following statement:

“This is the culmination of a very emotional week for FPD. We look forward to working closely with the district attorney as this case moves through the courts, so we can achieve our goals of holding all people involved in this incident accountable and keeping our citizens and officers safe.”

In addition to the FPD and Phoenix officers, the Durango Police Department, the Colorado State Patrol, and the United States Marshal Service assisted in the search for Buck.

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Officer down: Off-duty officer killed in robbery and carjacking – teen woman under arrest

January 1, 2021

 

CLEVELAND, OH – Several suspects are in custody after allegedly robbing a man and stealing his vehicle on New Year’s Eve.

The suspect shot the car owner twice in the back, killing him. Sadly, the victim was an off-duty Cleveland police officer who worked in the city’s 5th District on the northeast side of Cleveland.  He’s been identified by the PD as 25-year-old Shane Bartek.

The suspect shot him as she attempted to rob his vehicle. After the shooting, the gunman fled the scene in the officer’s vehicle. 

The cop was taken to Fairview Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. 

The officer’s slaying was confirmed by both Cleveland Police Union president Jeff Follmer and incoming police chief Wayne Drummond. 

Police were able to locate the vehicle in Euclid, where they took a suspect into custody. 

A few hours later, a woman was also arrested in connection with the murder.

The officer has since been identified as Shane Bartek.

According to a release from CPD: 

“On December 31, 2021, at approximately 6pm, an Aggravated Robbery Motor Vehicle incident occurred at 4320 Rocky River Drive in which a 25-year-old off-duty Cleveland Police Officer was shot and killed.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a suspect approached the victim in the parking lot of the apartment building with a gun, a struggle ensued, and the victim was shot twice by the suspect.

The suspect then fled in the victim’s vehicle. The victim was conveyed to Fairview Hospital by Cleveland EMS where he was pronounced deceased.

Following a multi-jurisdictional police pursuit, the victim’s vehicle was recovered, and a male was taken into custody. Further investigation has resulted in the arrest of additional suspects including a female.

Search warrants have been executed in connection with this investigation. Suburban law enforcement agencies are also pursuing additional felony charges.

This matter remains under investigation. Charges have not yet been filed. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”

“My heart is aching for the family, for our officers. Senseless. It just doesn’t make any sense,” said Drummond.

Bartek joined the Cleveland Police Department in August of 2019. 

“We are devastated by this news and are asking for prayers,” said Follmer.

Incoming mayor Justin Bibb echoed the sentiments from Drummond and Follmer.

“This evening is about the family of this slain officer that we lost today. I just ask the residents of Cleveland to keep the family in their prayers. Let’s all stay vigilant this evening. Stay safe and healthy. I also want to thank all members of law enforcement who supported us this evening.”

An 18-year-old woman is being held on suspicion of aggravated murder, while the suspect arrested with Bartek’s car is being held for allegedly receiving stolen property.

This investigation is ongoing. Law Enforcement Today will provide updates as they become available. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Bartek and the entire Cleveland, Ohio law enforcement community. 

Sadly, being off duty does not remove the threats that officers face. 

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Off-duty officer shot after stumbling upon and trying to stop a commercial burglary

PUYALLUP, WA – Puyallup Police responded to a shooting call in the early morning hours of October 31st.  When they arrived on the scene, they were shocked to find that an off-duty police officer was the one who had been shot.

Puyallup Police arrived in the area of 11 St NW and River Road at the Jennings Equipment Store before 7 am and made contact with off-duty Federal Way Police Officer Donovan Heavener who was suffering from a gunshot wound. 

Puyallup Police officers immediately began life-saving measures and Heavener was transported to nearby Tacoma General Hospital by medical crews.

Heavener underwent surgery and is thankfully expected to survive. Federal Way Police Chief Andy Hwang said:

“The Federal Way Police Department would like to thank all those that have sent kind words, prayers, and assistance during this critical time.”

Puyallup Police report that Heavener was out for a morning jog when he encountered what appears to be a burglary attempt at Jennings Equipment. Police are not releasing if Heavener attempted to stop the burglary and was shot or was just simply shot because he was a potential witness.

Police report that they believe Heavener was shot while standing on a sidewalk near a black Chevy truck. At some point, police say that someone inside of the truck opened fire, striking Heavener. The truck then fled the scene last seen traveling eastbound on River Road to North Meridian.

Police issued a bolo (be on the lookout) for the suspect vehicle.

After a few hours of the bolo being active, Puyallup Police located a vehicle that matched the description of the one used in the shooting. There are no reports if there were any persons inside of the vehicle and/or any evidence. Police also have not released any information concerning any suspect identities.

Puyallup Police Chief Scott Engle addressed the incident:

“The Puyallup Police Department has determined that our suspects are Hispanic, were speaking Spanish, and had been in the area of our city in the area of 8th Ave NW and 13th St NW just prior to the incident. Some citizens observed them there.

These subjects appeared to have left that area of that city and then come to the business for the burglary.”

Detectives with the Puyallup Police Department are asking anyone in the area to check their video surveillance and see if it may have captured any portion of the incident or the suspects coming into or out of the scene.

Any glimpses of the vehicle regardless of what direction it is coming from will help detectives pinpoint more specific information about the case.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on the case to please contact them at their tip line at 253 770-3343 or email them at [email protected].

Heavener has spent almost thirty years in law enforcement and is also the state director for the Washington Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. In this role, Heavener oversees over 2,000 officers that participate in the Special Olympics in some form and helps bring awareness to the event.

Additionally, Heavener and others at his police agency take part in the annual Polar Plunge in Tacoma. 

He and others dress up in costumes to raise money which helps offset costs incurred by the athletes that perform in the Special Olympics. Mary Do, the Chief Operating Officer for the Special Olympics in Washington had this to say about Heavener:

“We love Donovan and are so grateful for his dedication and support of the athletes and the community. We are sending Donovan, his family and all of our law enforcement officers love and light during this time.” 
 

 

 

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