Arrested sheriff's deputy escapes patrol car

Posted at 10:22 AM, Oct 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-28 16:31:04-04

A sheriff's deputy who was arrested over the weekend escaped from a patrol car at the Central Receiving Facility.

Officials confirmed with 23ABC News that 44-year-old Edward Tucker was the inmate who escaped from the jail Tuesday night, Oct. 27.

On Wednesday, KCSO official Ray Pruitt said that the window of the patrol car was slightly lowered in the back seat.

Pruitt told 23ABC News that deputies are not trained to get out of handcuffs.

Pruitt said Tucker was able to walk up the ramp from the parking structure and escaped. Pruitt said there were deputies nearby the vehicle, but they did not see Tucker.

Tucker was originally arrested on October 24 and accused of brandishing a firearm to a group of juveniles.


Timeline of KCSO deputy's escape after being arrested

Pruitt said Tucker posted bail Tuesday afternoon. Shortly after a welfare check was called in for Tucker, he was found at a local park, where he was taken into custody.

He was found with drugs, weapons and materials to make explosives.

While in an underground parking lot under the jail, Tucker was in the backseat of a patrol car in cuffs. According to Pruitt, Tucker managed to remove his handcuffs, escape and left the scene on foot.

The 44-year-old has been on the force for 18 1/2 years.

He's described as 5-foot-7, 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing glasses, a black short-sleeve button-up shirt, black shorts and flip flops.

Tucker is considered dangerous. Anyone who sees him is asked If anyone has information on his whereabouts they are asked to call the TIP LINE at 661-391-7719, the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.  In an emergency situation call 9-1-1.

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