CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper Police Department has released a statement, detailing their involvement in an “active situation” that saw a small area of Casper closed off Thursday night.
During the incident, Casper Police reported that an individual, inside a Casper home, whom was suspected of committing a crime, and refused to exit the home Thursday night.
Officers arrested the man involved, Kevin Deschneau, for three recommended felony charges of Aggravated Assault.
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Shortly after 3:30pm, April 1, Casper Police Officers responded to the area of East K Street and North McKinley Street in Casper for a report of a disturbance.
A Casper PD statement says that the reporting party told officers that a man had pointed a rifle at and threatened to shoot multiple people.
Upon officers’ arrival to the scene, they located a male in the reported location, matching a description provided by witnesses.
“Officers approached the male in an effort to speak with him regarding the situation. The male ignored commands from the officers and entered a residence located in the area in the 1000 block of North Jackson Street,” Casper PD said Friday. “Due to the male refusing to exit the home, along with the potentially dangerous nature of the individual, officers set up a perimeter around the residence and continued to issue commands for the individual to exit, unarmed.”
Officers with the Casper Police Department, assisted by officers with the Wyoming Highway Patrol and Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, say that they continued to issue commands for over two hours, during which officers believed that the man was inside of the residence alone and potentially armed.
“Ultimately, Casper Police Officers, certified in Crisis Intervention Training, were able to speak with the man inside over the phone, leading to his eventual peaceful and voluntary exit of the residence. The man was transported to the Casper Police Department for further interviews,” Casper PD says.
On a search of the home, officers reported finding a loaded rifle, matching the description of the rifle reported by the victims. Officers also confirmed that the man was the only individual inside the home during the incident.
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.