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Colorado refugee Elias Buck on the run after allegedly shooting a New Mexico official – CBS Denver

(CBS4) – A manhunt is underway in the Four Corners area of ​​a 22-year-old Durango resident who is believed to have shot and injured a police officer in Farmington, New Mexico, during a traffic stop Friday night.

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

Buck was allegedly stopped in an undisclosed location for an investigation into drinking under the influence, according to the FPD. Farmington Officer Joseph Barreto suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the incident. A pistol believed to have been used by Buck was reportedly found at the scene.

Photos of suspects Elias Buck (L) and Victoria Hernandez from the crime scene on Friday evening. (Credit: Farmington Police Department / Facebook)

A woman, Victoria ‘Rossi’ Hernandez, 28, was with Buck when they were stopped, according to both authorities. La Plata referred to her as Buck’s friend. Farmington named her a person of interest in her case.

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

Buck escaped the La Plata County Jail on December 27, according to LPCSO. Details of the escape were not given.

Online criminal records show that Buck was arrested in early December for an incident in November. In this case, he was charged with aggravated vehicle theft, robbery and 2nd degree assault, all crimes.

Buck was described by LPCSO as “very dangerous” and should not be addressed by the public. According to the sheriff’s office, Buck recently stated that he did not want to return to jail.

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

The agency said the public should not contact Buck but rather call 911. There is also a $ 5,000 reward for Crime Stoppers for information leading to his arrest.

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

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