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Manhunt for suspect who allegedly shot New Mexico cop ends in Phoenix

Elias Buck, who is accused of shooting a New Mexico police officer last week, was arrested by Phoenix police Friday morning.

PHOENIX — A man who escaped from a Colorado jail in late December and who was sought in the subsequent non-fatal shooting of a New Mexico police officer a week ago was arrested Friday in Arizona.

Farmington police said Phoenix police got an anonymous tip and arrested 22-year-old Elias Buck early Friday morning at a convenience store near 27th and Dunlap avenues. 

Buck allegedly attempted to flee from police but officers managed to detain him after a short struggle, Phoenix police said. 

Buck was sought in Farmington in the Jan. 7 wounding of Officer Joseph Barreto during a possible DWI investigation. 

The Durango Herald reports that Buck previously scaled a fence and escaped Dec. 27 from jail in Durango after being arrested on Dec. 7 on suspicion of motor vehicle theft.

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