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The Natrona County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday identified the man shot and killed by Casper police Sunday night as Douglas Oneyear.

Oneyear, 36, was wielding a sword when two officers shot him shortly before midnight, according to police. He died at the scene.

The two officers have been placed on administrative leave, as is typical following police shootings. The Casper Police Department has not yet identified them.

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the case. DCI’s findings will be passed on to the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office, which will determine whether to file charges.

If the district attorney’s office decides charges are not warranted, top prosecutor Mike Blonigen will release a letter explaining his findings, he said Monday.

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 Monday 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.”

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

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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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