Authorities arrested a Natrona County man late Thursday suspected of aiming a rifle at two sheriff’s deputies who were responding to a shots fired call.

Michael L. Kegler, 40, was booked on suspicion of three counts of reckless endangerment. Neither he nor the deputies were injured in the incident.

The deputies — a sergeant and a corporal — had responded to a rural property near Casper-Natrona County International Airport at about 10 p.m. Thursday after receiving reports of a burst of shots, according to Kegler’s arrest affidavit. They were walking toward a single-wide trailer home in a poorly lit area when the sergeant pointed his flashlight at the front porch. It illuminated a man, later identified by authorities as Kegler, in a crouched position with an AR-15 rifle.

Kegler is accused of shouldering the rifle and then pointing it at the sergeant and corporal, who took cover behind nearby vehicles. They told him to drop the gun, which he did, and they took him into custody, the affidavit states.

Spent 9 mm and .223 caliber shell casings were found in the area, though the deputies did not find a handgun.

Kegler told an investigator he couldn’t remember much because he was drunk after consuming beer and whiskey, the affidavit states. He remembered standing on the porch with the rifle, seeing the officers and later dropping the gun after they ordered him to.

“Kegler was very concerned that he hurt someone and he asked investigator (Taylor) Courtney several times if he had hurt anyone,” the affidavit states.

He was jailed at Natrona County Detention Center.

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Joshua Wolfson joined the Star-Tribune in 2007, covering crime and health before taking over the arts section in 2013. He also served as managing editor before being named editor in June 2017. He lives in Casper with his wife and their two kids.

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