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Standoff suspect accused of pointing gun at multiple people, faces three Agg Assault charges

Booking photo of Kevin Descheneau courtesy of the Casper Police Department. Photo from the scene; near North Jackson and K Streets, on April 1, 2020; by Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News

CASPER, Wyo. — A suspect who was involved in a standoff with police on April 1, 2020 has been officially charged with four felonies in the case.

Kevin Michael Deschneau, age 32, was ultimately taken into custody after an hours-long standoff with police on Thursday. Police credit officers trained in Crisis Intervention Training with being able to speak with the suspect over the phone, leading to his eventual voluntary exit of the home.

Deschneau made his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on April 5, 2021, where he was charged with three felony counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Possession of a Weapon With Unlawful Intent, also a felony.

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An affidavit of probable cause filed in Natrona County Circuit Court says that three individuals reported, just after 3:30 pm Thursday, that a man had pointed a gun at them and threatened them if they didn’t leave the area.

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 suspect 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.”

After being taken into custody, Deschneau is said to have denied pointing a firearm at the individuals, and that he had been loading a BB gun from his vehicle to his home, at the time. It was also reported that Deschneau told officers he had consumed 4 to 6 Budweiser beers over the course of the day, but claimed that he had not been intoxicated during the incident.

A subsequent search of Deschneau’s home reportedly yielded a pump-action .30-06, that matched witness descriptions of the gun that was allegedly used during the incident. Officers say that the gun was loaded at the time they found it.

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.

Deschneau was arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without further reported 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.