A married man fired a shotgun and a pistol at a woman he met on an online dating site after she tried to meet his wife in rural Natrona County, authorities alleged in court paperwork filed Monday.
The man, Bryan Dunihoo, 44, faces two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the allegations. He told a sheriff’s sergeant that the woman threatened his relationship and on Friday night he fired a shotgun and a .380-caliber pistol in the direction of the woman to scare her, the court documents state. 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, according to the documents.
On Monday afternoon, Dunihoo appeared in Natrona County Circuit Court wearing a jail inmate’s uniform. He did not have an opportunity to enter pleas to the charges and instead only answered Judge Brian Christensen’s biographical questions. The judge set Dunihoo’s bail at $20,000. He is expected to appear back in court later this month.
According to paperwork filed by prosecutors in support of the two charges, a woman called 911 on Friday night and said she and a friend were being shot at during a car chase. In interviews early Saturday morning, the two women told a sheriff’s sergeant that after they had tried to meet Stacey Dunihoo 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 Stacey Dunihoo were separated. On June 25, he told her that he had been living with his ostensibly estranged wife, the documents state. He stayed with McCoy in Riverton for two days before moving in with his sister in Shoshoni, where McCoy and Dunihoo had an argument the Riverton woman reported to local police, according to the documents.
On Thursday, McCoy texted Stacey Dunihoo and the two women agreed to meet in Arminto to talk, according to McCoy’s statement reproduced in the documents, which do not specify the purpose of the proposed conversation. Dunihoo gave McCoy directions to her house, 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.
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A set of car lights then turned on in the darkness, McCoy said. Bryan Dunihoo’s car pulled in front of McCoy’s car, 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.
Dunihoo told investigators that McCoy messaged him and his wife on a social media messaging app under an assumed name. He said McCoy said she knew where they lived, which he interpreted as a threat to their marriage, the documents state.
While the married couple were at dinner in Hiland, Dunihoo saw McCoy driving toward his house, the documents state Dunihoo said. He went home to pick up a sawed-off 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.
Sheriff’s records indicate deputies booked Bryan Dunihoo into jail early Saturday morning. The records do not indicate whether Stacey Dunihoo was arrested or charged in connection with the case.