Apprehension of Arizona escapee a dangerous situation
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A potentially deadly situation had a very fortunate outcome in the early hours of Sunday morning in Rifle.
“Shots fired! Shots fired!” Rifle Police officer William Van Teylingen screamed into his radio as he pursued a black Chevy Blazer with an escaped convict behind the wheel.
Details of the pursuit and apprehension of Daniel Renwick from the arrest affidavit paint a very frightening and dangerous situation.
As an escaped prisoner, Renwick will remain in the Garfield County Jail and not be able to post bond.
Van Teylingen with another officer as a passenger followed the Blazer driven by Renwick onto Interstate 70 from the west Rifle exit shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday. When they turned on the emergency lights the suspect vehicle accelerated to 70 mph, then slowed to around 50 mph when it took the off-ramp at the main Rifle exit, according the affidavit.
That’s when Van Teylingen observed that the rear window of the Blazer was shattered, then he observed the driver “pointing something at me.” He added that he heard “objects striking” the vehicle.
That’s when the officer heard gun shots and realized that the driver was shooting at him.
After the vehicle went through the roundabouts in South Rifle, Van Teylingen made the decision to try and end the chase.
“I drove my patrol car into the driver-side rear quarter panel area of the suspect vehicle,” Van Teylingen wrote in his report.
The officer’s airbag activated, making it difficult to steer the patrol car. The car then struck a white sedan in the parking lot of the Red River Inn.
When Van Teylingen exited his car with his patrol rifle, he saw that Renwick was already on the ground behind the car.
No other suspects were in the vehicle.
After the officers apprehended Renwick, Van Teylingen said he observed a “small semi-circular hole broken in the headlight” of his car that appeared to be a bullet hole, the affidavit said. The officer also saw a black rifle on the front seat of the Blazer.
Renwick and two other inmates escaped the Arizona State Prison on Friday. All three are convicted murders.
Renwick started serving consecutive 22-year sentences in 2002 for the murders of a father and his daughter.
The two other escapees, Tracy Province, 42, and John McCluskey, 45, are still at large and believed to still be in Arizona.
Renwick will face new charges including felony eluding and attempted first degree murder.
Ninth Judicial District Attorney Martin Beeson will determine if Renwick will face charges related to the Rifle incident or if the convict will be transferred back to Arizona in the near future.
Renwick is facing first-degree attempted murder and felony eluding charges.
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