A Casper police officer who was seriously wounded in the line of duty was released from the hospital Tuesday and is recovering at his home, Police Chief Keith McPheeters announced Tuesday evening at a City Council work session.
“He’s home and resting comfortably,” McPheeters said, as Council members cheered.
Officer Jacob Carlson was shot five times in a May 6 gunfight with David P. Wolosin in a dirt lot near Fairdale Park in east Casper.
Wolosin was shot and killed during the incident. Carlson, a three-year veteran of the force, was taken to the Wyoming Medical Center for care. He received more than 100 units of blood in the days following the shooting and underwent multiple surgeries.
Carlson still faces “significant challenges,” but his fellow officers are thrilled by his progress, McPheeters said.
The police chief told the Star-Tribune that it has been a difficult month for the police department. Focusing on work while their “hearts and minds” are worried for Carlson has been a challenge, he said.
McPheeters, who visited Carlson on Tuesday, added that the officer appreciates all of his supporters.
“He was astounded at the community response,” McPheeters said.
More than 500 people attended a support rally for Carlson at Conwell Park last month. The event, hosted by the United Way and Town Square Media, drew a crowd that included first responders, local prosecutors and city officials.
Casper’s United Blood Services clinic has also experienced a flood of donations in the officer’s honor, and a GoFundMe fundraiser was started to help the officer’s family.
McPheeters previously credited the fundraiser with helping the officer’s family afford travel expenses to Casper.
“We’ve not spent a lot of time worrying about who’s paying the bills,” he said.
At a Council meeting last month, Mayor Ray Pacheco urged the community not to let this incident fade from memory
“My hope is that we don’t forget this ... that we don’t forget the dangers that our police officers go to every single day and that we continue to keep them in our prayers,” he said.