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A Wyoming man was arrested Saturday morning after trying to grab a Casper Police officer’s gun and threatening to kill him, authorities say.

Travis M. Maddox, 52, was arrested on suspicion of interference with a police officer following the incident. He was being held in Natrona County Detention Center on Monday morning.

Police encountered Maddox after a woman called 911 and said her neighbors were fighting. An officer arrived at an open door to the apartment in question, where he saw three people and one bleeding from the ear, according to court documents.

When the officer tried pulling Maddox out of the apartment, Maddox swung at him. The two began to scuffle and Maddox grabbed the officer’s gun with both hands, documents state.

Two more police officers then arrived and jumped into the fray, the documents indicate.

At some point during the fight, Maddox threatened to kill the officers, according to police.

The first officer punched Maddox in the face. His backup was then able to arrest Maddox, the documents state.

The bleeding person later told police he did not want to press charges against Maddox. He declined medical attention.

The officer was left with a swollen left cheek.

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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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