Woman arrested after allegedly stabbing police officer, stealing cruiser

ROCKY FORD, Colo. (KKTV) - The hunt for a woman accused of stabbing a cop and stealing his car ended about 30 miles away from the scene.

The pursuit was underway for hours after 21-year-old Shyanne Maestas allegedly attacked an officer conducting a welfare check and fled in his cruiser.

Click here for the arrest papers for Shayanne obtained by 11 News on Wednesday.

The incident started on the 500 block of North 11th Street just after 12:30 Tuesday afternoon. Police say that as the officer spoke with a woman on the porch, another woman came out and abruptly stabbed him in the neck.

Law enforcement on the ground and in the air searched a wide area looking for the woman and the poached vehicle.

"We have multiple agencies from south and eastern Colorado helping us clear into New Mexico -- we do have New Mexico State Police troopers also assisting, covering most of the main roadways and just looking out," said Scott Copley with Colorado State Patrol.

But the manhunt ended about 25 miles south of Rocky Ford, where sources tell 11 News the suspect crashed and blew out all four tires.

When State Patrol found her, Maestas was reportedly still sitting in the driver's seat. One of the officer's firearms, an AR-15, was still in the vehicle, but a second gun has not been recovered.

The Rocky Ford police chief said the suspect just missed a major artery in the officer's neck.

"He was lucky to survive the attack," he said.

The officer is expected to make a full recovery. Though he has not been identified by the police department, 11 News' sources say he is the chief's son.

According to the arrest papers, the officer involved said he was glad she stole his car and took off, because he believed she was going to kill him or he was going to have to kill her.




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