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Shooting Suspect Shot By Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers

Wyoming Highway Patrol
Donovan Short, Townsquare Media

A suspect being sought by law enforcement for a shooting in Hawk Springs in southern Goshen County led Troopers on a pursuit Saturday evening and then shot at Troopers once he was stopped.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Spokesman Stephen Townsend says the pursuit began in Southern Goshen County on US 85 shortly after 8:30 p.m. and continued southbound into Laramie County. Troopers ahead of the pursuit laid out spike strips across US 85 damaging the tires on the suspect’s vehicle which eventually disabled his vehicle.

The suspect stopped approximately 17 miles north of Cheyenne when he exited his vehicle and fired an unknown number of shots. Troopers then engaged the suspect who was wounded in an exchange of gunfire.

The suspect was transported from the scene by a Life Flight helicopter to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center where he remains hospitalized. No Troopers were injured during the incident.

Townsend said the patrol will provide counseling for those members of the Patrol involved through an employees support network backed up by trained professionals in debriefing critical incidents.

He added that the patrol will cooperate with all authorities to determine the events leading up to this incident and will conduct their own investigation to determine exactly what happened. The investigation into the Laramie County shooting involving the Troopers has been turned over to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office.

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