Man accused of shooting DPS officer pleads not guilty

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – A man arrested in connection with the shooting of an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer has pleaded not guilty.

Ramon Bueno, 39, entered the plea Monday morning. His charges include attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, prohibited possession of a firearm, and possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Bueno's next court date is Dec. 22.

Bueno and Danny Angel Vargas, 26, were arrested for the Oct. 8 shooting of Officer James Casey during a traffic stop near Interstate 17 and McDowell Road in Phoenix.

The shooting happened after Casey stopped the car containing three women and two men for having extremely dark window tinting. He obtained identification from the women and had been joined by two other officers as he tried to identify the two men.

Police said Bueno shot Casey in the face after the officer confronted him about providing false information about his identity.

The female driver told police that Bueno put the pistol to her head and forced her to drive away. As the vehicle fled, Bueno reportedly opened fire on the other officers at the scene.

Those officers returned fire, wounding one of the women and Vargas.

Casey is still recovering from his injuries.

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