For Immediate Release
Jeremy Tremel, Lieutenant Office of the Police Chief
Officer Involved Shooting
CY Avenue and Kit Carson
Casper, Wyoming (July 10, 2018) – On July 10, 2018, at approximately 0537 hours, the Public Safety and Communication Center (911 dispatch) received multiple 911 phone calls from the 500 block of Granite Drive, Casper, WY. Multiple callers reported that a male subject had pointed a firearm at several individuals. Officers from the Casper Police Department immediately responded. Prior to officers arriving on scene, it was reported that the male suspect fled the area in a vehicle. A vehicle description was provided to local area law enforcement.
Once officers arrived on scene, through interviews, they confirmed that the male suspect had indeed threatened several individuals by pointing a firearm at them. At approximately 0546 hours, local area law enforcement located the suspect vehicle, which fled from officers and eluded them. The suspect vehicle again was located at 0617 hours driving in Evansville, WY. Local area law enforcement attempted to pursue the vehicle as it entered back into Casper, WY. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed on East 2nd Street, traveling towards the downtown area. Supervisors from the Casper Police Department advised officers not to pursue the vehicle as the driver was placing the public in danger.
At approximately 0631 hours, an off-duty deputy from the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office advised the suspect vehicle was parked at the Loaf ‘N Jug on the corner of CY Avenue and Kit Carson. An officer from the Casper Police Department immediately responded to the location, arriving at 0632 hours. Immediately after his arrival, the officer contacted the male suspect who was armed with a firearm and an officer-involved shooting ensued. The male suspect received life-threatening injuries. Medical personnel attempted life-saving efforts, but the male suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured during the incident.
Consistent with Casper Police Department policy, a request was made to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to conduct an investigation of the incident. The scene has been turned over to DCI, who will complete the investigation and who will ultimately release the results of their investigation to the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office. Questions regarding the officer-involved incident should be directed to DCI.
Although this is a tragic incident for all involved, the Casper Police Department is grateful that no other persons were injured during this event. Citizens and visitors to our community can be assured that this event has ended and that there exists no concerns for the on-going safety of the public or for the celebrations and parade occurring today.