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Suspect accused of pointing gun at another person in school parking lot

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CASPER, Wyo. — Witnesses told police that a suspect pulled a handgun and pointed it at another individual during a verbal confrontation involving multiple people in a Casper school parking lot.

According to documents released by the Natrona County Circuit Court, the suspect in the case is facing a single charge of Aggravated Assault and Battery, a felony. Wyoming statute shows the charge as carrying a potential penalty of imprisonment for up to ten years.

Casper Police Department officials say in an affidavit of probable cause that officers responded to a parking lot at Natrona County High School just after 10:20 p.m. September 14 for a reported disturbance. Upon arrival, witnesses said that the suspect had been a member of a group of people who had been confronting others in the parking lot of the school, and that the suspect and their group had left the scene prior to police arrival.

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Officers report interviewing a victim and witnesses in the case, who alleged that a suspect, known to the witnesses, had pulled a gun and pointed it at another individual during a verbal confrontation between the groups.

Police report that during their contact with the people in the school parking lot, other officers conducted a vehicle stop nearby and identified one of the occupants of the vehicle as the suspect in the firearm incident. A handgun was reportedly recovered from the vehicle, and was described as not being loaded at the time of the police stop. However, it was stored in a holster with two magazines, each containing 15 rounds.

The suspect, identified in court documents as 49-year-old Alexander Lepis, is said to have told officers that he had accompanied a group of people to the parking lot and was carrying the handgun at the time. Police say that during their interview with Lepis, he admitted to both pulling the gun and pointing it at another person, but told officers the gun was not loaded at the time.

Lepis was ultimately arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center. He made an initial appearance in Circuit Court on Wednesday, where he received a bond amount of $10,000 cash or surety.