July 10, 2018 Officer Involved Shooting Update

For Immediate Release

 Contact:

Jeremy Tremel, Lieutenant Office of the Police Chief
jtremel@casperwy.gov
(307) 235-8278

UPDATE

Officer Involved Shooting

CY Avenue and Kit Carson

Casper, Wyoming (July 12, 2018) – On July 10, 2018, officers from the Casper Police Department responded to the 500 block of Granite Peak Dr, Casper, WY, for the report of a male subject who had threatened individuals at that location with a firearm. Prior to the arrival of officers, the suspect had already left the scene. Attempts were made to contact the suspect in his vehicle but, ultimately, the suspect eluded officers. Later, the suspect vehicle was located at the gas station on the corner of CY Avenue and Kit Carson. Once located, officers from the Casper Police Department responded. The first officer on scene contacted the male suspect who was armed with a firearm and an officer-involved shooting ensued.

On July 12, 2018, the Natrona County Coroner’s Office released the name of the suspect who died as William T. McCollum, twenty-one (21), of Casper.

The officer involved in the shooting is identified as Officer Craig Burns. Officer Burns is a five- year veteran with the Casper Police Department and is a Field Training Officer (PTO) and Public Information Officer (PIO). Officer Burns is a proud member of Patrol Team 3.

Officer Burns, in full uniform and driving a marked police vehicle, had not yet started his workday at the time of the incident and was driving to work to attend his Team’s daily briefing when, having been monitoring the radio, he responded directly to this inherently dangerous incident.

The Casper Police is grateful that no other law enforcement officers or citizens were injured during this tragic event and acknowledges the grief felt by Mr. McCollum’s family and friends. The Casper Police Department recognizes the valuable assistance of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, the Casper Fire Department, the Natrona County Coroner’s Office, the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Wyoming Homeland Security ICE/ERO, and the Wyoming Medical Center for their efforts in the joint response to this event.

Consistent with Casper Police Department policy, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) is conducting an investigation of the incident. Any questions regarding the investigation should be directed to DCI.

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