Casper police department reveals identity of officer involved in shooting

Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City

The Casper Police Department has released the name of an officers that was involved in a shooting, which left a suspect dead.

The officer involved in the shooting was identified, in a written statement sent Thursday evening, as Officer Craig Burns.

Officer Burns was described as a five-year veteran with the Casper Police Department and is a Field Training Officer and Public Information Officer.

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Officer Burns is also identified as a member of Patrol Team 3.

“Officer Burns, in full uniform and driving a marked police vehicle, had not yet started his workday at the time of the incident” police officials said in the written statement. “[he] was driving to work to attend his Team’s daily briefing when, having been monitoring the radio, he responded directly to this inherently dangerous incident.”

On July 10, 2018, police say that officers responded to the 500 block of Granite Peak Dr, Casper, WY, for the report of a male subject who had threatened individuals at that location with a firearm.

Prior to the arrival of officers, the suspect had reportedly already left the scene. Attempts were made to contact the suspect in his vehicle but, ultimately, the suspect eluded officers.

Later, the suspect vehicle was located at the gas station on the corner of CY Avenue and Kit Carson. Once located, officers from the Casper Police Department responded.

Burns was the first officer on scene contacted the male suspect who was alleged to be armed with a firearm. The department says that “an officer involved shooting ensued,” leaving the suspect dead.

On Thursday July 12, the Natrona County Coroner’s Office released the name of the suspect who died as William T. McCollum, age 21, of Casper.