Escaped Arizona inmate nabbed in Rifle
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colo. – Two Rifle police officers and a Garfield County Sheriff’s deputy apprehended an escaped prisoner from Arizona after he allegedly shot at them and then triggered a high-speed chase early Sunday morning.
Daniel Renwick was captured in the parking lot of the Red River Inn in south Rifle and taken to the Garfield County jail.
Renwick, 36, escaped from the Arizona State Prison in Golden Valley, Ariz., along with two other inmates on Friday night. The other inmates were still at large Sunday night.
The prison is about 670 miles from Rifle.
According to Rifle Police Lt. J.R. Boulton, a dispatcher received a call of a suspicious vehicle near the industrial area of west Rifle around 12:47 a.m.
When Rifle officers responded and turned on their emergency lights, a gun shot was fired from the suspect’s vehicle, hitting the Rifle patrol car, then the suspect fled, according to a news release.
The suspect, driving a brown sport utility vehicle, turned onto Interstate 70 at the west Rifle exit going eastbound with two law enforcement vehicles in pursuit.
The suspect then veered off the interstate at Rifle’s main exit and zipped through the roundabouts, where a Rifle officer rammed the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect’s vehicle was disabled in the parking lot of the Red River Inn, Boulton said.
At that point, Renwick was taking into custody without further incident.
Boulton said the officers did an outstanding job under dangerous circumstances.
“It was an unfortunate situation but I think our officers, and the sheriff’s deputy, did a fine job and everyone went home safe,” he said.
No one was injured, but Boulton said the police vehicle sustained major damage.
Renwick will face new charges, including felony eluding and attempted first degree murder.
Boulton said it will be up the district attorney to determine if he will face the Rifle charges before being transported back to the Arizona prison.
Renwick was convicted in Pima County, Ariz., of two counts of second-degree murder and sentenced to two consecutive 22-year prison terms. He’s been in the Arizona prison since February 2002 and has a sentence expiration date of 2043.
The two other escapees are Tracy Province, 42, who is serving a life sentence for murder and robbery, and 45-year-old John McCluskey, who is serving a 15-year sentence for attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault and discharge of a firearm, according to The Associated Press.
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