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Woman faces felony after alleged shovel attack

Amanda Michelle Wilson (Courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Police say that a Mills woman is facing a charge of Aggravated Assault, after it was alleged that she attacked another person with a wood-handled shovel.

Amanda Michelle Wilson, age 43, made her initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on July 6, 2020 following an arrest the previous Thursday. During the hearing, Wilson was charged with Aggravated Assault and a misdemeanor count of Property Destruction.

Shortly before 9:00 am on July 2, Casper Police Officers say they responded to a residence located at the 600 block of East 12th Street, in Casper, for a reported assault.

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“Upon arriving to the scene, officers observed broken glass around the front door of the residence and a shovel laying in the grass,” the Casper Police Department said, in a written statement provided at the request of Oil City. “In speaking with the reporting party, Officers were told that an individual, known to the reporting party, came to the reporting party’s residence and ultimately the two individuals got into a dispute that led to a physical altercation. The reporting party told officers that this individual then took a shovel and attempted to assault the reporting party with it.”

An affidavit filed in Natrona County Circuit Court says that the adult victim accused Wilson of banging on the door of their residence, and yelling. The accuser said that Wilson claimed to want to get property from inside the home, which the accuser did not allow.

The affidavit says that the victim claimed to have had a rocky past with Wilson, and that she had become violent in the past, breaking objects. The accuser told officers that they did not allow Wilson into the home without a third party present.

Wilson is alleged to have gone around the side of the house and retrieved a shovel. The accuser is quoted in the affidavit of probable cause as describing Wilson running at him with the shovel “like a warrior.”

Court papers go on to say that the victim claims to have caught the shovel with their hand, with the head of the shovel catching the victim’s thumb and wrist areas.

“The reporting party did sustain minor injuries as a result of the incident, but was not transported to the hospital at the time of the report,” Casper Police say.

During the altercation it was further alleged that Wilson had used the shovel to strike at a door on a private residence, causing glass to shatter and cut the victim.

Wilson was reported to have left the scene shortly thereafter and before police arrived. Officers say they attempted to contact Wilson via phone but were not initially successful.

At approximately 3:15 pm, July 2, the affidavit says that Wilson contacted and met with police.

During a subsequent interview, police say that Wilson claimed that the accuser had initially shoved her to the ground, and had taken a cell phone from her- spiking it to the pavement, she the alleged that the accuser threw objects at her, which she attempted to hit with a shovel. Wilson is said to have told officers that she was swinging the shovel, “like a bat.”

She then said that she hopped into a nearby vehicle, as a passenger, and left the area.

Officers, in the affidavit, say that no evidence was discovered substantiating Wilson’s narrative of events.

“Through investigating the scene and further speaking with both individuals, officers believed there to be probable cause to arrest Amanda Wilson on one recommended felony charge of aggravated assault,” the CPD statement to Oil City said.

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.