Suspect in deputy killing captured

Aug. 30, 2010 at 10:17 AM
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FREDONIA, Ariz., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The man suspected in the shooting death of a Utah sheriff's officer is in custody, officials say.

Scott Curley was captured Monday in Kane County, Utah, after more than 100 law enforcement officers spent days searching for him, CNN said Monday.

Curley is suspected in the death of Kane County Deputy Brian Harris. Curley allegedly shot Harris Thursday, as officers were pursuing him in another incident.

Investigators said they received a call about a person carrying a rifle in a subdivision near the Utah-Arizona state line early Monday. Authorities responded, discovered it was Curley, and he surrendered, the report said.

The Coconino County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Office will pursue extradition and prosecution on a warrant for first-degree murder. A statement from the department said Curley was in possession of the high-powered rifle used in Harris' death.

The incident started Wednesday night when Curley, 23, allegedly assaulted a janitor at a high school. Efforts to find Curley that night failed and he escaped on foot into the wilderness near Fredonia, Ariz.

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