Investigators Recover Assault Rifle Stolen By Fugitive
POSTED: Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 8:37pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 12:30am
EL PASO - The assault rifle taken by a fugitive who escaped from an El Paso Sheriff's deputy this week has been found.
On Thursday Fernando Lavenant overpowered a deputy who was arresting him and fled in a police car with the deputy's rifle and other equipment. Police began a massive eight hour search for him in the upper valley and Canutillo. Officers eventually found him and shot him four times sending him to the hospital in critical condition.
But it wasn't until today that they recovered the rifle and other items taken from the deputy. The Sheriff's Office says a homeowner found the items and called police.