Officer tells of being fired at by escapee
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A Rifle police officer said Friday that he was scared for himself, his fellow officers and his community when an escaped Arizona inmate fired numerous bullets that struck his police vehicle.
But William Van Teylingen told 9th Judicial District Court Judge James Boyd during the sentencing of Daniel Renwick that the shooting made him determined to arrest Renwick last Aug. 1 before Renwick could harm anyone.
After Renwick fired on him at the main Rifle Interstate 70 exit, Van Teylingen rammed the vehicle Renwick was driving to disable it, then jumped out of his squad car, expecting a continued confrontation.
“I came to fight. Mr. Renwick made it abundantly clear without a word the fight was on,” Van Teylingen said.
However, after being rammed, Renwick got out of his car and onto the ground to surrender.
Renwick, 37, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of first-degree attempted murder for firing on Van Teylingen and in the direction of other officers who also were in pursuit.
Boyd on Friday approved plea bargain terms under which Renwick will serve 48 years for the count involving Van Teylingen, and 12 more years for the second count.
Renwick stood and faced Van Teylingen and the other officers in court to apologize to them.
“Guys, I know you were only doing your job, and my actions were totally out of line. I’m really sorry for what I did. It weighs heavily on my heart. … I hope someday you can forgive me for my actions,” Renwick said.
Renwick escaped from prison in Arizona with two other inmates July 30. He then left the other two and was driving on Interstate 70 when Garfield County Sheriff’s Department deputy Evan Jaramillo spotted him.
Renwick was alone when arrested, and the other two fugitives were apprehended later in other states.
Renwick had been serving two, 22-year sentences for shooting and killing an ex-girlfriend and her father, and was scheduled for release in 2043. Under the plea agreement, if he’s still alive after serving his Colorado sentence, he would return to Arizona to finish his sentence there.
Deputy District Attorney Anne Norrdin said the intent is that Renwick spend the rest of his life in prison.
As part of the plea deal, Arizona and Colorado prosecutors agreed not to pursue fugitive/escape charges against Renwick.
Speaking at times in a halting voice in court, Van Teylingen said he felt lucky not to have been killed or injured by Renwick, but still was affected by the incident, including in positive ways.
“I now know that I will do whatever it takes to uphold the oath I took and protect the innocent,” he said.