Jeremy White, a suspect in a shots fired investigation, according to Casper police (CPD, Gregory Hirst, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — The man charged with a felony after a shooting incident in west Casper last week said in court Monday he was acting in self-defense.

The Casper Police Department report indicates that a confrontation between neighbors escalated when the parties happened to encounter each other at the Smith’s Express gas station on the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 8.

A woman contacted Oil City News last week to say that she was aware of an ongoing dispute between the suspect and his neighbors. 

The neighbors told police that when they pulled up to the line at the pump, their neighbor, Jeremy White, was in front of them pumping gas.

As White was walking into the gas station, words were exchanged, and White then approached the man, who was there with his mother and girlfriend, according to statements to police.

A physical confrontation ensued and the pair went to the ground. Witnesses said White then pulled a firearm from his hip and discharged it. One bullet struck a tire on the neighbors’ vehicle.

The man White was fighting with said he took the gun away from White and threw it at the Kids Works building nearby, where it was later recovered by police.

White fled in a vehicle after the confrontation, witnesses said.

Based on the witness statements, police searched for White where he’d been staying on the 1600 block of Kearney Avenue.

He wasn’t there, but police found him in the area on foot the next day and arrested him without further incident, according to a CPD release.

During the initial search of the residence, police found multiple firearms in White’s room, the affidavit said.

White has a conviction out of Platte County for aggravated assault and battery in 2007. Prosecutor Brandon Rosty said at White’s initial appearance Monday that that case also involved a firearm.

White claimed Monday that he had been acting in self-defense during the incident. He referenced “being jumped” and said he’d fled from “his attacker” after he lost control of the firearm.

Jeremy White, 52, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Bond was set at $100,000 cash-only by circuit court Judge Nichole Collier.

White is presumed innocent until proven or pleading guilty.