Gillette police responded to two firearm-related incidents yesterday; one involving a fight at the Department of Motor Vehicles and the other a hallway standoff on Express Drive, law enforcement said Wednesday.
The WYDOT incident was reported at 11:50 a.m. July 20 by a 37-year-old male who advised he had attempted to intervene in an altercation between two unidentified males, Gillette Police Lt. Brent Wasson said.
One of the males reportedly pulled a silver handgun from his pants, though the 37-year-old male told officers that the firearm was never pointed at him and he did not feel threatened.
Moments after the handgun was pulled, a silver car pulled up and another male stepped out while holding a rifle, Wasson said, adding that the report did not make it clear if the rifle was pointed at anyone or if it was handled in a safe manner.
All of the unidentified males fled the scene before officers arrived, he continued, and the investigation is ongoing.
Approximately 10 hours later, officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Express Drive where two apartment residents were reported for pointing guns at each other during an argument in the hallway, per Wasson.
A 21-year-old female told officers that she initially stepped out of her apartment to confront her 62-year-old male neighbor whom she believed was making too much noise in the hallway.
The female then claimed the male grabbed her and pushed her to the ground, at which point she retreated into her apartment and grabbed a handgun before confronting the male again, Wasson said.
The 62-year-old male told officers that he only grabbed the female’s arm and pushed her to the floor after she reportedly pointed the handgun at him.
He said that he retreated into his own apartment and emerged a moment later with a rifle, which he trained down the hallway while standing in his apartment door and continued to argue with the female, Wasson said.
Officers ultimately cited both of them for reckless endangering, per Wasson.