Suspect accused of stabbing Rocky Ford police officer captured

ROCKY FORD, Colo. -- A woman accused of stabbing a police officer in the neck and stealing his squad car was captured late Tuesday night.

She had been on the run much of the day.

Colorado State Patrol troopers found 21-year-old Shayanne Maestas about 25 miles south of Rocky Ford, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said. She was taken into custody without incident.

Federal, state and local law enforcement officers descended on Rocky Ford on Tuesday to search for Maestas.

The wounded officer, whose identity has not been released, is expected to make a full recovery. Doctors told police the stab wound came close to hitting an artery.

“He was holding his hand and that’s when I noticed there was blood on his neck,” a neighbor and eyewitness named Loretta said.

Police said their officer was on a welfare check outside of a home when Maestas suddenly attacked him.

“He handled himself very professionally,” Loretta said. “He could’ve killed her when she sliced him and he did not.”

Alvino Maestas said his daughter "had a mental meltdown" and "panicked." He also said she is bipolar.

Troopers, deputies, officers and federal agents spread across southeast Colorado and into New Mexico searching for Maestas from the ground and air.

“I live on the outskirts of town, but I heard the sirens,” a resident said. “I knew something was up.”

Courtesy: Rocky Ford Police Department

Maestas was last seen driving away from a residential neighborhood in the officer’s squad car.

“We’ve had a lot of people reach out to us and offer their prayers and support for the officer,” police chief Michael Bethel said.

Loretta, still processing much of what she saw, is one of those Rocky Ford residents praising the officer.

“When [Maestas] was driving, he was running after the car holding his neck,” she said.

People said they were impressed with the restraint the officer showed and thankful he is expected to be OK.

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