A Natrona County man pleaded not guilty to two felonies alleging he fired a shotgun and a pistol at two women, one of whom authorities say was trying to talk to his wife.
Bryan Dunihoo, 44, entered the pleas during a brief Friday morning appearance in Natrona County District Court. He spoke only to answer procedural and biographical questions before entering his pleas.
After Judge Kerri Johnson read the charges, Dunihoo nodded his head toward the judge and said, “Not guilty.” He said the same again before leaving the courtroom, free on $20,000 bond.
Dunihoo, 44, faces the two counts of aggravated assault in connection with allegations that after the woman and a friend came to Natrona County from Fremont County to meet his wife, he blocked their vehicle on a rural road and fired a pistol and shotgun at them.
Court documents state that shortly after his arrest, Dunihoo told a sheriff’s sergeant that the woman threatened his relationship. He fired a shotgun and a .380-caliber pistol in the direction of the woman to scare her, the court documents state he told the sergeant. He said, however, that he did so in order to protect his family.
Neither the woman nor a friend who was in a car with her at the time were injured.
In interviews with law enforcement, the two women said that after they had tried to meet Dunihoo’s wife to talk, her husband ambushed them and fired gunshots in their direction. He followed them toward Casper before quitting the chase at Highway 20/26, the documents state the women said.
One of the women, Christine McCoy, told the sergeant she met Dunihoo on a dating site in April and she thought he and his wife, Stacey Dunihoo, were separated, the documents state.
McCoy and a friend drove out to Arminto, but the documents state that McCoy told the sergeant she couldn’t find the house and turned around to head for the highway.
The documents describe what happened next:
A set of car lights then turned on in the darkness, McCoy said. Bryan Dunihoo’s car pulled in front of McCoy’s, blocking her and her friend. Dunihoo got out of the car and fired a pistol in the air multiple times, the documents state McCoy told the sergeant. McCoy tried to drive away multiple times but Dunihoo blocked her with his vehicle, according to her statement. Dunihoo followed her back to the highway and when she headed for Casper he stopped following her, the documents state she said.
McCoy’s friend gave law enforcement an account largely similar to that presented by McCoy, the documents state.
While the married couple were at dinner in Hiland, Dunihoo saw McCoy driving toward his house, the documents state Dunihoo told investigators. He went home to pick up a shotgun, he said, and after blocking McCoy’s car he fired the gun in the air to show McCoy he “wasn’t playing games,” the documents state he told police. Dunihoo said he thought his life and property was in danger and he fired the gun in self-protection, according to the documents. He said he then chased McCoy along the road, firing a pistol out the window of his car, the documents state.
The documents do not indicate if Stacey Dunihoo told law enforcement that she invited McCoy to a conversation. The account she gave the sergeant was largely consistent with that of her husband.
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