New Release: May 9, 2018
Detective John Hatcher, Public Affairs Officer
Casper Police Department
Casper, Wyoming (May 8, 2018) – The Casper Police Department, working in conjunction with the Officer’s family, is releasing the name of the injured officer from the Officer-Involved Shooting on May 6, 2018. The injured Officer is Officer Jacob Carlson, a three-year veteran of the Casper Police Department. Jacob is a proud member of Patrol Team 4.
Officer Carlson is a United States military veteran, honorably discharged from the United States Army as a Sergeant. Officer Carlson’s military record was exemplary, having received awards in the following areas: Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Army Service Ribbon, National Defense
Service Medal, NATO Medal, and the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon.
Currently, Jacob is still in critical condition and has many more surgeries ahead of him as the valiant medical staff of Wyoming Medical Center continues the complicated work of restoring him to full heath. Yesterday, Jacob underwent another round of critical surgical procedures to address some of the most urgent of his medical needs. When the report from the surgical team was delivered to the assembled Carlson family, cheers of relief and excitement echoed through the hospital hallways as news spread of the apparently successful procedure. We are proud of Jacob and the strength he exhibits in this critical fight and we are awed and humbled by his obvious participation in the healing process. Although Jacob has not been able to communicate with his family, we look forward to being able to make him aware of all that is being done on his behalf.
The Casper Police Department again acknowledges the humbling and inspiring support for Jacob that has been manifest in so many different ways. We especially recognize the strength of Officer Carlson’s wife and family and their faith in Jacob’s will and his ability to recover. The local Law Enforcement Family has been integral in assisting the citizens of Casper and the men and women of the Casper Police Department and we extend our gratitude to the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, Mills Police Department, Evansville Police Department, and the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Messages of support and encouragement have been received from law enforcement agencies across the nation. Local individuals and business have overwhelmed us with their kindness and generosity. Lastly, the Casper Police Department expresses their fervent gratitude to the professionals at the Wyoming Medical Center for their heroic efforts on behalf of Jacob and to their patience with the Casper Police Department Family, who have laid siege to the hospital in solidarity for our brother, Jacob.