UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: No suspect was ultimately found in a west Casper home Wednesday where police had earlier been informed that an armed subject was present, Casper Police Department Lt. Jeff Bullard told media.
CASPER, Wyo. — [7:50 p.m.] Casper police and a Natrona County Sheriff’s Office special response team are still negotiating with what is believed to be an armed barricaded suspect in a west Casper neighborhood Wednesday night. As of 7:45 p.m., law enforcement could be heard on a loudspeaker ordering the suspect to surrender.
Law enforcement responded to the 1500 block of Westridge Place around 2 p.m. as the result of a Casper Police Department investigation, CPD Officer Jeff Broenick told Oil City News on Wednesday.
Casper PD is asking that people avoid the area of West 15th Street between CY Avenue and Westridge Drive.
There is no hostage involved, NCSO Public Information Officer Kiera Grogan said after consultation with CPD investigators.
Cottonwood Elementary was placed on a precautionary lockout on Wednesday due to the situation, according to the Natrona County School District. St. Anthony’s Tri-Parish Catholic School, a private school, also alerted parents that the school was on a precautionary lockout.
NCSD asked that students of Dean Morgan and Cottonwood avoid the area around Albertson’s and 15th Street and Westridge Place. The district shared the following in regard to after-school pick-up arrangements for Cottonwood students.
School Resource Officers and district officials coordinated with parents to have them pick up their children on the north side of the Cottonwood Elementary at the end of the school day, Broenick said