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DCI investigating Casper PD employee accused of fighting with citizen while off-duty

(File; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation has declined to comment on a case involving a Casper Police Department employee who is accused of fighting with a citizen while off-duty earlier this month.

Agents with DCI told Oil City in a phone call on Wednesday that they could not comment on the case because the investigation was still open.

Oil City received multiple reader tips on Tuesday and Wednesday regarding the incident, which was alleged to have occurred on October 1 outside of Seton House in Casper.

“Shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021, Casper Police responded to a 911 call at the 900 block of North Durbin Street in Casper. Upon arrival to the scene, the responding officer made contact with an off-duty Casper Police Department employee who appeared to have been involved in physical altercation with a citizen,” a written statement from Casper PD said Wednesday. “Due to the involvement of a Department employee, the investigation into this incident has been turned over to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations to complete an independent, third-party investigation.”

Neither the identity of the suspect nor their role at the Casper Police Department was confirmed by either Casper Police officials nor Wyoming DCI.

“The altercation was unrelated to the involved employee’s employment at the Casper Police Department,” police say.

The involved CPD employee was immediately placed on paid administrative leave and, in accordance with Department policy, an internal review of this incident has been initiated.

Further information will be released as it becomes available at the conclusion of the investigation.