CASPER, Wyo. — A suspect facing a misdemeanor charge of Reckless Endangering after allegedly pointing a gun at another person from the driver’s seat of a vehicle has entered a plea of “not guilty” according to Natrona County Circuit Court.
Jail documents show that, at the time of his arrest, the 53-year-old suspect was recommended for charges of Aggravated Assault. However, documents released by Circuit Court show that at the time of his September 7, 2021 initial appearance, the suspect was only charged with the misdemeanor. The suspect entered the ‘not guilty’ plea during that hearing. He is expected to be scheduled for trial at a later date.
An affidavit of probable cause filed in the case says that a call was made to 911 emergency dispatch on September 3, where the reporting party said that the driver of a passenger vehicle had pointed a gun at them.
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Casper Police report arriving at a parking lot near Blackmore Road and Donegal Drive in Casper and observing a vehicle matching the description given by the reporting party. Officers made contact with the driver of the vehicle, who was eventually arrested.
The affidavit says that the suspect claimed that they had been passed at a high rate of speed in a Casper school zone, and that they had been in a verbal altercation with the motorist in the other vehicle. The suspect claimed to have pointed at the other driver with their finger and gestured at the other driver with their middle finger, but denied pointing a firearm during the incident.
The reporting party in the case, however, claimed that the suspect vehicle had been travelling at approximately 5 mph when the reporting party passed them in another vehicle. At a nearby stoplight, the reporting party told police that the suspect pulled up to the vehicle and began shouting at the accuser. It is noted in the affidavit that the reporting party said that both vehicles had their windows rolled up, so they could not hear what was being yelled.
It is then alleged that the suspect brandished a firearm and pointed the barrel at the reporting party.
Pictures reportedly taken by witnesses during incident are described by the Casper PD as showing the suspect holding an unknown thin object while inside the vehicle. Police say that the suspect initially reported that he had only been holding the steering wheel during the incident.
A subsequent search of the suspect’s vehicle was reported to have found a .410 gauge shotgun on the passenger floorboard. At the time of the search, investigators report that the shotgun had a live .410 gauge shell in the chamber.
The suspect was subsequently arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center. During the September 7 hearing, records show that the suspect was granted a personal recognizance bond of $5,000. 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.