Gillette police shoot, kill weapon-wielding man Sunday morning

Gillette police officers shot and killed a man early this morning after he reportedly charged at them while swinging a large, edged weapon, the department announced Sunday.

Officers were dispatched to Church Avenue on Jan. 16 around 7:17 a.m. after receiving a call from a resident who wanted a man, who reportedly made threats of violence against others in the residence and refused to leave, removed from her property, according to a Jan. 16 statement from the Gillette Police Department (GPD).

The suspect was armed with a “large, edged weapon” when they arrived, the statement says, adding that he reportedly refused multiple orders to drop it.

Officers allegedly deployed two less-than-lethal options to subdue the suspect, who retreated further into the residence as they continued to try and disarm him, per the statement.

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The suspect then charged at the officers while reportedly swinging the weapon at them. Both officers shot the man with their duty weapons and then performed life-saving measures until the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene by Emergency Medical Services, according to the statement.

One of the officers involved in the shooting was treated for minor injuries.

The GPD statement does not identify the suspect, or the officers involved, saying only that the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident and that no further information will be released until the investigation is complete.