Fugitive told police he was looking to die
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — An Arizona fugitive told an investigator he fired at Rifle police in hopes they would shoot and kill him, police say.
Daniel Renwick also said the Chevrolet Blazer he was driving was owned by an accomplice who was with him and two other inmates when they fled from prison in Arizona on July 30, according to a search warrant affidavit for the vehicle.
Renwick appeared in court Wednesday and was charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder, vehicular eluding, possession of a dangerous weapon by a previous offender, and being a fugitive.
Renwick was arrested Aug. 1 in Rifle, accused of firing a bullet that struck a Rifle police vehicle driven by an officer in pursuit.
Prosecutors filed two more attempted-murder charges because vehicles driven by two other officers were behind the one struck by the bullet.
Renwick was taken into custody without further resistance after an officer rammed his vehicle with a patrol car, ejecting Renwick from the vehicle onto the ground, the affidavit says. No one was injured during the arrest, police said.
The affidavit says that on the day of Renwick’s arrest, he consented to a search of the vehicle he was driving, waived his right to remain silent and spoke to an FBI agent.
The affidavit doesn’t name the owner of the vehicle. However, authorities have said Renwick and fellow escapees Tracy Province and John McCluskey were aided by Casslyn Mae Welch.
Items found in the vehicle include a California driver’s license for an Edward Welch, police say.
Province was caught Monday in Wyoming. McCluskey and Welch had been thought to be possibly fleeing to Canada, but authorities now say they may have held up an Arkansas beauty store Wednesday, and that they may have changed their appearances. The escapees also have been linked forensically to the slayings of an Oklahoma couple found dead in New Mexico last week, authorities say.
The search warrant said Renwick confirmed to the FBI agent that he shot at the Rifle officer “in the hopes that the police would kill him.”
Renwick now is being represented by the public defender’s office and says he is no longer talking. Reading a statement in court Wednesday, he said, “I invoke my right to remain silent under the Fifth and Sixth amendments of the U.S. Constitution.”
He said he planned to invoke those rights, including the right to have an attorney present, not just in Colorado but in other states.
“I do not want to speak to any law enforcement official without the presence of an attorney,” he said.
Police say the inventory of items found during the search of the Blazer included a .40-caliber rifle, nine spent .40-caliber cartridges, 140 rounds of .40-caliber ammunition, $2,925 in cash, marijuana paraphernalia and apparent marijuana, a digital camera with photos in both the camera and a memory card, a receipt from a Silver Queen Inn, a greeting card addressed to a “Charlie,” and two pillows and a blanket, among other items.
The initial search warrant affidavit said a handgun was in plain view in the vehicle when Renwick was arrested, but a second affidavit said none was found during the search.
Renwick was serving consecutive 22-year sentences in Arizona for two murders. He is being held in Garfield County Jail on a no-hold bond in connection with the fugitive case, and $2.5 million bond for the other charges. He turned 37 on Tuesday.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Jim Leuthauser said following Wednesday’s court proceeding it’s “impossible to say” how prosecution of the other charges might affect efforts to extradite Renwick to Arizona to face prosecution there.