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BREAKING: Wyoming Deputy Shot, Suspect Killed In Halloween Night Shootout

Cheyenne, WY – A Laramie County sheriff’s deputy was shot while attempting to serve a warrant at a Cheyenne residence on Halloween night.

The incident occurred in the 6900-block of Horse Soldier Road just before 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) said in a press release.

Gunfire erupted as LCSO deputies were attempting to serve a warrant at that location.

“During the course of the warrant service, shots were exchanged between deputies and the suspect,” the LCSO confirmed.

The suspect was killed in the shootout.

One LCSO deputy was shot during the exchange of gunfire.

The wounded hero was rushed to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center by ambulance and has since been listed in stable condition.

The deputy’s identity was not immediately released.

Investigators have not revealed details regarding the suspect’s identity or the events leading up to the deadly officer-involved shooting.

The LCSO noted that there is “no ongoing threat to the public.”

“The scene is still active and has been turned over to the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation,” the sheriff’s office said. “Updates will be provided as [they] become available.”

Dozens of people responded to the sheriff’s office’s Facebook post regarding the shooting, with many questioning why deputies were attempting to serve a warrant while children were out trick-or-treating.

“First, prayers for all involved as that isn’t an easy situation, period. But in the same right, why serve a warrant during that time though?” one person wrote. “I get upholding the law and taking opportunities when they arise, but during Halloween at the peak of trick-or-treating time? Poor timing and judgement honestly.”

“Real irresponsible of LCSO to put all these kids in danger just so they could apprehend someone they literally could have got in the morning…” another critic weighed in.

Numerous people pointed out that there was likely “more to the story” about what happened and said they trusted there was a reason deputies were attempting to arrest a suspect while children were in the area.

“I would like to believe that there was something else going on at that location (domestic violence, etc…), and someone there called in, that there was a wanted person at that location causing problems, to which would explain the response and attempt to serve warrant/take him into custody,” another person wrote. “Hopefully more details come out to clarify what happened.”

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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