Authorities are still searching for Patrick Olvera, who is wanted for attempted second degree murder and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

The La Junta primary school was placed on lockout status Wednesday afternoon when law enforcement officials were advised that Olvera may be in the area.

Officers with the Otero County Sheriff's Office, La Junta Police Department, Colorado State Patrol and parole officers searched the neighborhood around Sixth and Kennilworth, but Olvera was not found.

One arrest was made, but it was not related to the shooting involving Olvera.

Chief Todd Quick of the La Junta Police Department provided some background information Wednesday into the event underlying the charges against Olvera. The affidavit in support of the warrant has been suppressed by the Otero County District Court.

On Dec. 5, Quick said, officers responded to the 500 block of Sunset Avenue on reports of shots fired. Upon their arrival, please discovered a man with a gunshot wound to his leg.

After questioning the victim, a warrant for Olvera's arrest was obtained.

The La Junta Police Department issued an alert and a request for assistance Friday evening in their search for the 40-year-old Olvera.

At one point, authorities believed Olvera was in the Las Animas area, said Sgt. Alex Gillette of the Bent County Sheriff's Office.

Olvera, is white, 5'7" tall, weighs 165 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. He has a scar on his upper lip and nose and multiple tattoos, including one on his right hand.

Olvera has a lengthy record in El Paso, Teller and Otero counties, both as an adult and as a minor. His offenses have included the manufacture and possession of controlled substances, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, criminal impersonation and felony escape.

In Otero County, Olvera has been charged in various cases over the years for possession of meth, possession of alcohol by a minor, assault with intent to disfigure, retaliation against a victim or witness, and menacing with a deadly weapon.

Law enforcement officials stress that Olvera should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see Olvera, do not approach him, police warn. Instead, call the La Junta Police Department at 719-384-2525 or dial 911.

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