ROCKY FORD, Colo. — Police in southern Colorado have apprehended a woman they say stabbed an officer in the neck and took off in his patrol car.

Police say the woman was caught at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday by Colorado State Patrol troopers about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of the town of Rocky Ford where the stabbing occurred.

KRDO-TV reports that officer Justin Bethel is currently recovering from an injury that required stitches.

A police affidavit says Bethel was stabbed Tuesday afternoon while conducting a welfare check at a home. It says 21-year-old Shyanne Maestas yelled at the injured officer about what he was going to do as he retreated. She was found hours later in Bethel’s marked cruiser.

Rocky Ford is about 160 miles (257 kilometers) southeast of Denver.


This story has been updated to correct the spelling of the suspect’s first name.


Information from: KRDO-TV, http://www.krdo.com/

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.