The Casper Police Department has identified Officer Jacob Carlson as being the officer who was injured during an exchange of gunfire, on Sunday, with an armed suspect. The injuries suffered by Carlson have left the officer in critical condition at an area hospital.
The name was released by Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters, during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
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During the conference, Officer Jacob Carlson was described as a three-year veteran of the Casper Police Department.
Carlson is also said to be a United States military veteran, honorably discharged from the United States Army as a Sergeant.
In a written release sent to media, the Casper Police Department hailed Carlson’s Military record as “Exemplary.” He is said to have been awarded in the following areas: Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal, and the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon.
Carlson is reported to be in critical condition, as of Tuesday afternoon. McPheeters says that the officer has many more surgeries ahead of him at Wyoming Medical Center. McPheeters said that one wound in particular struck an artery in Carlson’s waist area, requiring the use of multiple units of blood and related products.
The Casper Police Department also acknowled the support for Carlson, saying that it has been manifested many different ways.
“We especially recognize the strength of Officer Carlson’s wife and family and their faith in Jacob’s will and his ability to recover,” the CPD said in a written statement. “The local Law Enforcement Family has been integral in assisting the citizens of Casper and the men and women of the Casper Police Department and we extend our gratitude to the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, Mills Police Department, Evansville Police Department, and the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Messages of support and encouragement have been received from law enforcement agencies across the nation. Local individuals and business have overwhelmed us with their kindness and generosity.”
The Casper Police Department went on to expresses their “fervent gratitude” to the professionals at the Wyoming Medical Center for their heroic efforts on behalf of Carlson, and to their “patience with the Casper Police Department Family, who have laid siege to the hospital in solidarity for our brother, Jacob.”
At the conclusion of the meeting, Chief McPheeters said that he intended to release more information about the incident on Wednesday. Going on to say that his intention was to release the dash cam footage, from the officer’s car at the time of the incident.