Manhunt on for California deputy
October 29, 2015
Kern County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect on the run who also happens to be a Kern County sheriff’s deputy. The fleeing deputy escaped custody Tuesday night after his second arrest in the past week. [LA Times]
On Saturday, Edward Tucker, 44, allegedly walked up to a group of girls, spoke to them briefly and then flashed a handgun at them. Deputies located Tucker and found five handguns, two shotguns and an assault rifle in his vehicle.
The deputies also found a small amount of what appeared to be methamphetamine and determined that Tucker was under the influence of a controlled substance. Tucker was arrested and released.
On Tuesday, deputies found Tucker in a Bakersfield park after a person asked for a welfare check on him. Tucker had drugs, firearms and possible bomb-making materials in his possession.
Deputies handcuffed him and placed him in the back of a cruiser, but he managed to free himself. Tucker escaped around 9:45 p.m. and fled by foot from an underground parking garage at a jail receiving facility.
“Somehow, Tucker was able to escape from the rear seat,” sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt said. “There’s some indication he may have been able to slip his handcuffs.”
Tucker had been a deputy for more than 18 years, but he had been on approved leave from the sheriff’s office since October 2014. Authorities say he has exhibited bizarre behavior recently .
Tucker is described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 170 pounds. He has brown eyes and closely cropped black hair. He was last seen wearing black shorts, a black buttoned-up shirt and sandals.