ELBERT COUNTY, Colo. -
After a 26-hour search, Elbert County authorities said Tuesday night they had arrested a suicidal Pueblo County deputy who had slashed his wrist and inflicted a puncture wound to his chest.
An arrest warranted had been issued for Deputy Randal Scott Alire on Monday after he failed to appear in a Pueblo County court on charges accusing him of holding his girlfriend at gunpoint. He was initially arrested Oct. 1 on suspicion of menacing with a deadly weapon and domestic violence.
The Elbert County Sheriff's Office said it received a call Monday afternoon about a suicidal man in the area.
Elbert County deputies located Alire’s abandoned vehicle and started a search for him. A GPS search of his cellphone placed in him the southern Elbert County area, sheriff's officials said in a news release.
Deputies spoke with Alire on the phone throughout Monday night and several times he said he would surrender, officials said. But Alire, who made repeated suicidal statements, refused to give up.
Elbert County deputies using tracking dogs, a SWAT team and two armed vehicles systematically searched an 8-square-mile area for the fugitive. Denver Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office aircraft search for the man from the air.
At 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, deputies finally captured Alire.
He was treated for injuries before being taken to the Elbert County jail.
Alire is on administrative leave from the sheriff's department, where he has been employed since January 2011.