Ariz. prison escapee captured in Rifle after high-speed chase
Post Independent Staff
RIFLE – Shots were fired, a high-speed chase ensured, followed by a crash, but in the end a dangerous escaped prisoner from Arizona was back in custody.
Daniel Renwick was captured and taken to the Garfield County Jail early Sunday morning after a pair of Rifle Police officers and a Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputy apprehended him in the parking lot of the Red River Inn in south Rifle.
Renwick, 36, escaped from the Arizona State Prison in Golden Valley, Ariz. along with two other inmates on Friday night. The two other inmates were still at large at press time.
The prison is about 670 miles from Rifle.
The capture of Renwick was an action-packed, dangerous scene starting around 12:47 a.m.
According to Rifle Police Lt. J.R. Boulton, dispatch received a call of a suspicious vehicle near the industrial area of west Rifle.
When Rifle officers responded and turned on their emergency lights, shots were fired at the officers and the suspect fled, Boulton said.
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, zipped through the roundabouts and that’s when the Rifle officer rammed the suspect’s vehicle with the police 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 officer, and the sheriff’s deputy, did a fine job and everyone went home safe,” he said.
Boulton said there were no injuries from the incident.
Boulton said the police vehicle sustained major damaged but the preliminary estimate was that it is not totaled.
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 an Associated Press report, the two escapees are believed to still be in Arizona, possibly traveling with a woman suspected of helping in the escape, 44-year-old Casslyn Mae Welch.
The inmates escaped the medium-security facility Friday night by cutting a hole in the prison’s perimeter fence. The men then kidnapped two semi-truck drivers at gunpoint and used the big rig to flee, authorities said.
After forcing the truck drivers to drive them to Flagstaff, the group left the drivers, unharmed.
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