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Officer Jacob Carlson

Casper Police Officer Jacob Carlson 

Casper Police Department

The Casper Police Department announced Friday that the medical condition of an officer injured in last weekend’s shootout continues to improve.

Jacob Carlson, who was struck by five bullets in an east Casper gunfight, opened his eyes and appeared to attempt to focus on family members in his hospital room, according to a police department social media post.

“We cannot express the joy and relief that we feel at this time and again extend our gratitude to all who have helped bring this continued hope and progress to pass,” the agency stated.

Carlson, an Army veteran who’s been with the department for three years, underwent successful surgeries at Wyoming Medical Center on Wednesday and Friday. During the more recent surgery, doctors were able to “close the wound opening to his chest cavity and also to his abdominal cavity,” according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

Medical staff have used more than 100 units of blood and blood products in treating the wounded officer, who was struck by five bullets in the shootout. One round hit Carlson in the lower waist and damaged a major artery, Chief Keith McPheeters said Tuesday.

The shootout took place at about 1:40 p.m. in a dirt lot adjacent to Fairdale Park in east Casper. Carlson and Officer Randi Garrett had responded to a report of a man allowing a 3-year-old to drive a car. Video footage taken by a camera system in Garrett’s police car captured the shooting. It shows the man, 38-year-old David P. Wolosin, backing away slowly as the officers talk to him. When Carlson steps toward Wolosin and attempts to grab him, Wolosin draws a gun and fires. Police return fire and Wolosin falls to the ground.

Wolosin died at the scene. Garrett was not injured.

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is examining the shooting.

Follow crime reporter Shane Sanderson on Twitter @shanersanderson

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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