CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Officials with the Cheyenne Police Department, otherwise known as the CPD, say that they have arrested a 33-year old man after it was alleged that he displayed a gun during a verbal altercation with another person.
Branson Potter made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on Tuesday, July 7th, to hear the felony charge of Aggravated Assault – Threaten with a Weapon read to him by Judge Lee, according to obtained court papers.
An affidavit filed in the case says that police were dispatched to a residence in Cheyenne to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance during the afternoon hours of July 4th, 2020.
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An officer with the CPD says that when they arrived on scene they made contact with an individual who alleged that Potter had threatened their life while holding a gun during an argument.
The accuser advised police that a juvenile under the age of 10 was in the same room where the alleged incident is said to have occurred.
It is reported that at one point during the argument that Potter walked into the room the accuser was in with a gun in his hand. Court papers say that the alleged victim described the gun as a green”tech” gun with a lot of bullets.
The alleged victim told authorities that although Potter didn’t point the gun at them, he did verbally threatened their life while holding it.
Investigators say that during an interview later Potter stated that he didn’t own a gun due to the fact that he was a felon. He claimed to authorities that the accuser owned a “mini-uzi” that he said was black and green.
“I know from my training and experience that a “mini-uzi-” is a weapon to have a lot of bullets that can be carried in it’s magazine,” the officer stated in a sworn affidavit.
Law enforcement says Potter was arrested and transported to the Laramie County Detention Center at that time.
A search of the residence was conducted and a firearm was located that closely matched the description that both the accuser and Potter gave to police.
Authorities say that they also located a .40 caliber bullet inside of Potter’s backpack that he had on him at the time of his arrest.
Any individual who is convicted of Aggravated Assault with a Weapon in the state of Wyoming can face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.
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.