SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Law enforcement teams on Tuesday spent a fourth day combing the backcountry near Moab, Utah for a man wanted in connection with the shooting of a Utah State Park Ranger.
Authorities believe Lance Leeroy Arrellano, 40, may be hiding in a remote, rugged area known as Caveman Ranch, pockmarked with a number of deep caves and canyons where he could be concealed.
“We still think he’s in the area.” Grand County Sheriff Jim Nyland said of Arrellano during a briefing for reporters.
Ranger Brody Young was on patrol in the Poison Spider trailhead west of Moab on Friday when he exchanged gunfire with a suspect and was struck in the arm, leg and stomach area.
He was listed in serious but stable condition on Tuesday.
Investigators have identified Arellano, who has a criminal record that includes assault, drug and theft charges, and may be carrying a .40 caliber handgun, as a “person of interest” in the shooting.
Police have said it is not clear if Arellano is wounded. His abandoned car, backpack, rifle and bloody clothing have been recovered.
More than 200 law enforcement officers from several states and the FBI have aided in the search effort, which has been hampered by winter storms in the area.
Search teams are using helicopters, tracking dogs and boats to comb the steep cliffs and rugged canyons along the Colorado River.
Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Jerry Norton