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Police search for suspect after officer was shot overnight

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Farmington police say he is dangerous and known to be armed. They alerted law enforcement across the state and said they were working closely with departments in Colorado. Buck is wanted for felony charges in Colorado, including robbery and car theft.

Police said around 10 p.m. Friday they received a call about a drunk driver.

When they arrived, they found Buck walking, and he matched the driver’s description. Police said when they got close to him, he fired multiple shots at the officer, hitting him.

The SWAT teams traveled to the area in the northeast of town, keeping the neighbors competitive for hours. Shortly after a Saturday afternoon, they were called away – they couldn’t find Buck.

They identified a woman he was traveling with, Victoria Hernandez. They are also looking for her – she is listed as a person of interest.

“Whoever aids or abets this gentleman in his attempt to flee law enforcement, we will find you, we will prosecute you and you will go to jail. You will not assist and abetting a man who attempted to kill a police officer. And we knew it happened. So we’re looking at every single person around this guy and are helping him escape while staying away from law enforcement,” Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe said.

Police identified the officer who was shot as Joseph Baretto. He is married and is about to celebrate his 26th birthday. They say he is recovering in the hospital after surgery. But the sheriff said the injuries could affect his career.

https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/police-search-for-suspect-after-officer-shot-overnight/6353009/?cat=500 Police search for suspect after officer was shot overnight

Yasmin Harisha

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