CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A 23-year old Cheyenne man was placed into police custody after witnesses allege that he discharged a firearm near a group of people during a quarrel.
Officials with the Cheyenne Police Department say that they arrested Aaron Ward during the early morning hours on July 3, 2020 on five separate charges of Aggravated Assault – Threatening with a Weapon.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, police were dispatched to a bar located on the 3300 block of Nationway on July 3rd, 2020 to investigate a report of shots fired in the parking lot.
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Witnesses advised law enforcement that Ward had been asked to leave the bar after a disturbance with other individuals had broken out inside. Ward left the bar to his vehicle in the parking lot and was followed by the security staff from establishment.
“Security watched Ward take a black handgun from the vehicle, chamber a round and get into the passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle drove to the other side of the parking lot where other parties from the disturbance inside the bar were getting into a vehicle,” the police report in the affidavit.
Court documents say that witnesses told police that as the vehicle Ward was in began to leave the parking lot, he reached his hand out the window and fired one shot.
A suspect vehicle matching the description given to law enforcement from witnesses was stopped in the area of W. Lincolnway. Police say that they made contact with Ward at that time, who they say was sitting in the passenger seat.
Arrest papers report that Ward matched the description eye-witnesses had given to the authorities of the suspect who allegedly fired a handgun at the bar.
“Ward admitted to having fired one shot from a handgun into the ground during an argument while in the parking lot,” police stated in the sworn affidavit.
Ward made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on Monday, Jule 6th, 2020 where he was read the five recommended felony charges of Aggravated Assault – Threaten with a Weapon read to him.
According to Wyoming statutes, each individual charge of felony Aggravated Assault comes with the possible penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to 10k.
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 Laramie County District Attorney’s Office. Information is provided by the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office.