Man accused of ramming undercover police vehicle, while attempting to flee

Bo McKinney (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. —  A man is accused of ramming a police vehicle in an attempt to flee the scene, following a shoplifting investigation, according to law enforcement paperwork.

Two officers shopping at an Evansville retailer assisted in the arrest of a man on recommended charges including Interference, Driving While Under the Influence, and Driving While Under Suspension.

Law enforcement officers say that 28-year-old Bo McKinney was arrested during the afternoon hours of May 1, 2019.

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Police say that two officers with the Casper Police Department were shopping for supplies at an Evansville retailer on the 300 block of Miracle Street. While making their purchase, the officers were alerted to a shoplifting in progress, where a male was actively fleeing.

Officers ran outside and were directed towards a Toyota Rav 4 that was exiting the parking lot. Police attempted to follow the vehicle in an unmarked police vehicle, and kept communication with the Public Safety Communication Center.

The vehicle eventually pulled into a hotel parking lot on Lathrop Road in Evansville.

A Casper Police officer pulled in directly behind the suspect vehicle, and officers announced themselves with emergency lights and displaying badges.

After Casper Police announced themselves, a male driver put the vehicle in reverse and attempted to back up at a high rate of speed, backing directly into the undercover police vehicle.

The driver then attempted to pull forward, but officers approached the car and were attempting to pull the driver out. An affidavit in the case says that the suspect exited the vehicle out of the passenger door and attempted to flee the area on foot.

The suspect was apprehended a short time later by Casper and Evansville officers at a nearby convenience store. The suspect was identified as McKinney.

Police say that several boxes of ammunition that were believed stolen from the Evansville retailer were found inside the suspect vehicle, as well as several syringes, and other items that police say may have been stolen.

During an interview with Casper Police, McKinney is said to have told investigators that he had shoplifted ammunition from the Evansville retailer, and admitted to using methamphetamine within 24 hours of contact with officers.

An affidavit in the case says that McKinney also races a recommended Shoplifting charge from Evansville Police Department.

McKinney was transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without further reported incident.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.