Man killed in shootout near Sundance

By: 
Wyoming News Exchange

SUNDANCE (WNE) — A male subject with an active Wyoming warrant was shot and killed by law enforcement on Saturday morning after two shootouts took place on I-90 near Sundance. 

According to the Crook County Sheriff’s Office, the man was contacted by a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper on Saturday night at around 10:10 p.m. as he was walking along I-90 near milepost 184. 

The trooper learned that there was an active warrant for the subject’s arrest. 

The trooper immediately called for backup from the Crook County Sheriff’s Office and the subject was advised of the active warrant. 

“The subject immediately gained distance from the trooper and deputies and retrieved a handgun from his person and fired shots at the trooper and deputies. A deputy and trooper returned fire and the individual fled north off the interstate down a steep embankment into the darkness,” said Sheriff Jeff Hodge. 

A search for the man was conducted throughout the night and into the morning of July 30th, 2022, involving Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Highway Patrol, and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office. 

The next morning, a citizen contacted the Crook County Sheriff’s Office and stated that the subject was in his hay field. 

As a deputy arrived on Highway 14, the man fled north toward I-90. As the officers tried to take him into custody, he began shooting at them, said Hodge.

“Law enforcement returned fire, striking the male subject,” he said. “The male was taken into custody and immediately received medical attention but was pronounced deceased a short time later.” 

No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident. The incident is under investigation by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. 

 

This story was posted on August 4,  2022.

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