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Two police officers shot and killed a sword-wielding man Sunday night in east Casper.

The man was 36 years old, according to the Natrona County Coroner’s Office. The office will not release other identifying details until the man’s family is notified.

At 11:36 p.m. Sunday, police officers responded to a call from the Loaf ‘N Jug on Centennial Court, where the clerk said a man “had come into the store wielding a sword and had threatened her and physically assaulted her,” the Casper Police Department said in a statement. The clerk did not suffer injuries that required immediate medical care.

About three minutes after the call, police officers confronted a man with a sword near the intersection of East 15th Street and Trojan Drive, according to the statement. That area is about two-tenths of a mile from the gas station.

“During that contact, two Casper Department Officers fired their service weapons at the male subject,” the release said. “The Officers subsequently rendered medical attention to the male subject, who succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene.”

The man, who was alone at the time, was pronounced dead around 11:50 p.m. according to the coroner’s office.

The two officers were uninjured and placed on administrative leave, the release said. The officers’ names will be released at a later time, the department stated.

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is examining the shooting. A person answering the phone Monday morning at DCI said the agency would not comment and referred a Star-Tribune reporter to the Natrona County District Attorney’s office.

District Attorney Mike Blonigen declined to comment on the facts of the case, but confirmed he was working with DCI. After the investigation is complete the district attorney’s office will decide whether to press charges, Blonigen said. If prosecutors decide not to charge anyone involved, his office will issue a letter explaining its findings.

Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters said Monday afternoon he has a responsibility to respect the DCI investigation and declined to provide more information about the incident.

Following police shootings, it is typical procedure for the Casper Police Department to hand over investigations to DCI, according to a police department statement. DCI agents interview the officers who were involved. Those officers are placed on administrative leave until investigations are complete.


Managing Editor

A Casper native, Christine Peterson started as a Star-Tribune intern in 2002. She has covered outdoor recreation, the environment and wildlife since 2010, and became managing editor in 2015. If not tracking bears or elk on assignment, she's chasing trout.

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