CASPER, Wyo. — A brief timeline of events leading up to the fatal police-involved-shooting of two Casper residents has been released by law enforcement. The shooting left one dead and one hospitalized.
According to the Sheriff’s Office in Lancaster County, Nebraska; Hailey R. Stainbrook, age 30 of Casper, died as a result of her injuries Feb. 20, 2021, following the incident. Stainbrook is alleged to have brandished a firearm and disobeyed law enforcement commands, before being shot.
Another suspect Christian W. Alexander, age 26 of Evansville, is still reported in critical condition at a Lincoln, Nebraska hospital. Sheriff’s officials allege that Alexander exchanged gunfire with police before being shot.
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“Officers on the scene provided medical aid to both suspects, who were then transported to a local hospital by Lincoln Fire and Rescue,” a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office statement said Monday. “The female suspect underwent surgery, but ultimately succumbed to her injuries.”
The incident began on Saturday, Feb. 20, just before 8:40 pm, when Lincoln police officers responded to a report of a robbery at a hotel. LCSO says that the robbery victim provided a description of the suspects and their vehicle.
“As the victim was being interviewed by Lincoln police officers, he was alerted that his credit card was attempting to be used at multiple businesses in north Lincoln,” Sheriff’s officials said.
Shortly thereafter, a Nebraska State Trooper located the suspect vehicle and attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled the scene. The trooper pursued the vehicle, during which a male suspect, later identified as Alexander, began shooting from the moving vehicle at the trooper.
“The trooper performed an intervention technique to bring the vehicle to a stop underneath the Interstate 80 overpass near North 56th Street,” the LCSO statement says.
Law enforcement then reportedly exchanged gunfire with Alexander before he was shot. The female suspect, identified as Stainbrook, reportedly disobeyed officer commands and brandished a firearm before she was shot.
The following is the brief timeline provided by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office:
- 0839 hrs The robbery at the NW Lincoln Hotel is reported to Lincoln Police. Information is broadcast on law enforcement radios of the suspects, weapon and vehicle description.
- 0916 hrs The robbery victim is notified his credit card was used at a North Lincoln Business
- 0930 hrs The robbery victim is again notified his credit card is being used at a NE Lincoln gas station. That information is also broadcast on law enforcement radios. A Nebraska State Patrol Trooper spots the vehicle in the 5500 Block of Superior [in Lincoln] and attempts a traffic stop. The pursuit is initiated. After the first shots were fired at N. 56th and I-80, officers negotiated with the suspect for 7 minutes before gunshots were reported a second time.
A trooper was also transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries suffered during a collision between his patrol vehicle and the suspect vehicle. Officials report the trooper has since been treated and released from the hospital.
The suspect vehicle, a 2005 white Chevrolet Trailblazer, had been reported stolen on Feb. 18, from a motel parking lot in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The victim reported to police that a .38 caliber revolver was in the vehicle, at the time it was taken.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation into this incident, and that investigation is ongoing.