Shootout leaves suspect killed, Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper injured

(Photo: Wyoming Highway Patrol Facebook page)

By Jimmy Orr and Bill Sniffin, Cowboy State Daily
(this story originally appeared on Cowboy State Daily

A shootout in Lander during a traffic stop on Friday left a 24-year-old man dead and a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper injured.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol said the shooting occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Sinks Canyon Road in Lander.

“The trooper conducted a traffic stop and moments into the stop, the trooper and the suspect exchanged gunfire,” a spokesman for the patrol said.

According to reports, the suspect was declared dead at the scene while the trooper was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his wounds.

The mayor of Lander, Monte Richardson, was directing traffic near the incident. He told Cowboy State Daily he heard a man was killed and an officer was down.

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On Saturday, the Highway Patrol announced the trooper was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Jill Hunter, who lives in the house across from the incident, said she saw a man lying the ground and officials trying to resuscitate him.  She said the road was closed for a long period of time.

A Rock Springs resident who was visiting Lander said “the streets were screaming with sirens from every direction.”

“I thought I was in New York City for a minute,” DA Jereb said. “I didn’t realize that Lander had so many law enforcement ready to respond so quickly. I was impressed and at the time, I knew it had to be something serious.”

Andy Gramlich, a retired pilot who lives nearby, said he counted 17 various law enforcement vehicles and sirens sounded for more than an hour.

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Names of those involved and details about the traffic stop have not been released.

The matter has been turned over to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.



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