Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe said: “It’s completely unacceptable and we need everyone on deck to capture this guy and get him off the street.”
Hebbe described an intense search Friday night – SWAT teams went door to door looking for someone they believed wouldn’t hesitate to shoot.
“It is extremely high risk. You had someone who was so desperate that they shot a police officer, so you know they would feel more desperate now to run away. ”
Police say Buck shot Farmington officer Joseph Barreto in an empty spot in his arm around 10:30 p.m. Friday. Barreto was looking for a suspected drunk driver – when he approached the two, Buck and his girlfriend, Victoria “Rossi” Hernandez.
Barreto is recovering from surgery – but possibly with long-term injuries. Meanwhile, KOB 4 learned Buck escaped from a Colorado prison on December 27. A spokesman declined the station’s request for an interview but Buck said, at some point, he he said he “won’t go back to prison.”
“It was frustrating and disappointing, especially since it looked like it was the second escape this fall from that prison,” Hebbe said. He wants to shoot our officer. “
Hebbe believes that many people helped Buck avoid arrest.
“This person almost killed our police officer. He is a 25 year old kid. He has a wife and one child. It is ridiculous that people help someone who is clearly dangerous and could clearly cause the death of another officer under other circumstances.”
He said Barreto was in good spirits, and his officers were hanging there.
“This is not something that happens often here. We haven’t had an officer shot in the line of duty in 30 years. It will take some time for the officers to process it.”
If you know anything about where Buck might be or anything else that might help law enforcement, you can call your local police.
The Colorado County La Plata Sheriff’s Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information. But – because he is considered dangerous, the police certainly don’t want anyone to approach him. If you see him, call 911.
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