PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – A convicted murderer serving a 240-month sentence at the Arkansas Department of Corrections’ Pine Bluff Unit reportedly walked away from his work assignment Saturday evening.
Shea Wilson with ADC said Timothy Buffington, 47, is said to be 5’6″ and about 182 pounds, with a scar on his upper left arm and his right wrist.
Preliminary investigation released by ADC on Tuesday shows that Buffington broken into a safe room that Saturday at a house located on prison grounds and obtained a shotgun. According to Wilson, the door was dead-bolted, but he managed to kick the doorframe out.
She said Buffington was doing yard and janitorial work at the house. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Official officials told THV11 on Sunday night that they believed he was armed with a backpack of ammo in addition to the shotgun.
According to Wilson, he confronted a woman who lives at the home, and attempted to have her drive him off the prison grounds, but she was able to get away. She reportedly ran to Randall Williams Correctional Facility for help.
Wilson told THV11 on Monday that the search is still concentrated in the area surrounding the prison, though they have alerted law enforcement in areas where Buffington may have ties. She said ADC continues to focus on public safety, and officials plan to conduct a full investigation surrounding his escape when he is back in custody.
Buffington had been considered a trusty inmate. Wilson said he had no previous record of escapes in 15 years behind bars.
He is said to have shot his ex-wife Rhonda Combs in the head with a rifle while she sat in her boyfriend’s truck in Booneville in July of 1998. According to Wilson, he was admitted to ADC on March 12, 1999.
Combs and Buffington had been in a custody dispute over their two children.
If you have any information on Buffington’s whereabouts, please contact authorities immediately.