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Man claims to call 911 on self, accused of fighting with officers

Jordan Mitchell (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. —  A Casper man is facing charges including felony Interference and felony Property Damage, after the suspect called 911, and told officers that he was in a fight with himself.

According to paperwork filed by the Casper Police Department, Jordan Mitchell, age 28, was arrested just before the noon hour on August 5, 2019. In addition to the felony charges, Mitchell has also been recommended for a charge of Pedestrian Under the Influence.

The Casper Police Department says that they responded to the 1500 block of South Elm Street, at 11:30 am Monday, in Casper for a reported disturbance.

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An affidavit in the case says that a male had called in a report of a family fight, and then hung up. Dispatchers told police that there was no answer on call back.

Officers say that they arrived on scene and contacted a man, later identified as Mitchell.

Mitchell was described as being bloody and running into the street yelling at officers. The affidavit in the arrest quotes Mitchell as telling officers to “end him.”

Police say that Mitchell would not comply with officers, leading to a physical altercation between police and the suspect, that reportedly lasted about 3 minutes.

It is reported that one officer’s shoulder was injured in the altercation, and that police eventually took Mitchell into custody.

The affidavit notes that officers suspected that the suspect had used stimulants, based on physical behavior and symptoms.

After being cleared by medical personnel, Mitchell was placed in the back of a police cruiser, where officers say that he continued to be combative, slipped out of his seatbelt, and began hitting his head on the barred door.

Police report that they opened the cruiser to again secure the suspect, and Mitchell again began to fight with officers.

After transport to the Natrona County Detention Center, the affidavit says that Mitchell had to be secured in a chair, with a spit mask.

During the investigation, officers noted that a home on the 1500 block of South Elm Street appeared to be ransacked. Police also note that a safe had been broken into and was in the garage near some tools, including a propane torch.

The owner of the safe and the tools said that the items were out of place. The safe was usually kept locked in a bedroom, and the propane torch was not in its place in the garage.

Residents of the home confirmed that they knew Mitchell, and said that he had been up all night on August 4, and seemed to be under the influence on the morning of August 5.

In addition to appearing to be ransacked, and noted extensive damage to the homes, include broken glass, a dented door, and a television that appeared to have been hit with a hammer several times. It was also noted there were holes in the walls.

Damages to the home was estimated between $4,500 and $6,000.

Police say that Mitchell was later interviewed at the Natrona County Detention Center, when he agreed to speak with investigators.

The affidavit says that Mitchell said that it was he that had called 911 and that he was in a fight with himself.

Mitchell told officers that he did not remember much, and that he heard he had injured an officer, and said he was sorry.

Mitchell claimed that he did not mean to fight the police, but said he looses control when he drinks.

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.