California Deputy Escapes Custody After 2nd Arrest

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Arrested sheriff’s deputy escapes patrol car.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A manhunt has been launched for a Kern County sheriff’s deputy who allegedly flashed a gun at a 12-year-old girl and escaped from a patrol car. Days after Edward Tucker, a deputy for more than 18 years, was arrested and then released after allegedly flashing a handgun at a group of girls, a person asked for a welfare check on him, said Kern County sheriff’s office spokesman Ray Pruitt said. Edward Tucker, 44, was booked into the Kern County Jail on charges of brandishing a firearm, being under the influence of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence and felony willful cruelty to a child. He then ran up the ramp of the underground garage and took off and Kern County Secret Witness put up a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest Wednesday afternoon. He remains at large as of Wednesday morning and authorities are concerned that he still has access to firearms, despite all guns being accounted for in the patrol unit he escaped from, Bakersfield police said.

Witnesses also said that Tucker then approached a second group of adult men to the front of another home and had a brief conversation with them before running away from the scene. Tuesday, Tucker was taken into custody at San Lauren Park after 9 p.m. when a friend of the suspect called authorities and asked that they check on the welfare of the deputy. The sheriff’s office would not say why Tucker has been away from work UPDATE – After being released for this handgun flashing incident, Edward Tucker was arrested again on Tuesday October 27th for various gun and drug violations, but then managed to escape and at the time of this article’s publication is still on the loose. Inside, deputies found five handguns, one of which was loaded with inoperable training ammunition, two shotguns and an assault rifle, sheriff’s officials said.

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