Law enforcement on early Saturday morning arrested a local man who, Casper police allege, beat a woman and threatened her with a gun before barricading himself in a house for hours.

After hours of fruitless negotiations, the Natrona County Special Response Team stormed the South Conwell Street house and arrested Connor Boyden, 24. A Casper police statement said the team used less-lethal tactics to remove Boyden from the house, but did not specify those tactics or any corresponding weapons.

The Special Response Team is a collaborative law enforcement unit consisting of officers from multiple local agencies and overseen by the sheriff’s office. Officers assigned to the team — which is akin to a SWAT team — are specially trained and heavily armed.

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Boyden threatened a woman with a gun and physically abused her, but none of the injuries she incurred are life-threatening, police say. He then, according to the agency, contacted a different local woman — Brittney Kraft, 25 — and asked her to hide guns for him.

She did so, according to the department. Police arrested Kraft on Sunday morning.

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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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