UVALDE, Texas — UPDATE [Mar. 6] — A registered sex offender on the run for more than two weeks has been arrested on a warrant for attempted capital murder of a police officer, the Uvalde County Sheriff's Office announced earlier this week.
Working off information, investigators learned 29-year-old Dustin Whitlock was on a property in the Ingram, Texas, area.
On March 1, 2020, police surrounded the Ingram property and began negotiations with Whitlock for surrender. Eventually, and without further incident, Whitlock surrendered to authorities, bringing an end to the weeks-long manhunt.
He was booked into the Kerr County Jail and is awaiting extradition to Uvalde County.
ORIGINAL [Feb. 29] — A manhunt continues for a registered sex offender who shot at a Uvalde County Sheriff's Office deputy during a police chase last weekend.
Dustin Whitlock of Rio Frio, Texas, is wanted on an active felony warrant for attempted capital murder. Police say Whitlock is a registered sex offender and should be considered armed and dangerous.
On Saturday, February 22, 2020, at approximately 9:28 p.m., a Uvalde County Sheriff's Office deputy conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 and Farm-to-Market (FM) 1050 when the driver fled into Real County.
The suspect, now identified by police as Whitlock, crashed into a tree off FM 1120 in Real County, around 9:52 p.m., and fled on foot. As the deputy approached in his patrol vehicle, police say Whitlock opened fire — striking the patrol vehicle several times. The deputy returned fire as Whitlock fled into a wooded area.
Whitlock evaded capture despite overnight search efforts involving multiple agencies, including the Real County Sheriff's Office, Garner State Park Police, Texas Game Wardens, Texas Highway Patrol, Border Patrol Agents and BORTAC, Real County Constables, and the Texas Rangers.
Anyone with information on Whitlock's whereabouts is asked to call 911, Uvalde Communications Dispatch at (830) 278-9147, or Real County Sheriff’s Office at (830) 232-5201.