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Agg. Assault suspect accused of brandishing gun, firing into yard

Liam Doyle Holt (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. —  A suspect facing charges of Aggravated Assault and Reckless Endangerment is accused of pointing a handgun at another person, and of firing the gun into a yard.

Liam Doyle Holt, born in 1996, was arrested during the early morning hours of March 28, 2021. He made his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Monday, where he was officially charged. Aggravated Assault is a felony under Wyoming statute, the Reckless Endangerment count is being charged as a misdemeanor.

Court paperwork says that Casper Police received a call after 2:30 am March 28, for a report of a weapons offense. The reporting party said that a man, identified as Holt, was intoxicated and walking around with a gun, and was trying to shoot another individual.

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Officers responded to the area of Jim Bridger Avenue and Bellaire Drive, in Casper, and located the suspect on the front porch of a private home.

“The male was reaching towards the ground, when [a police officer] gave commands for the male to show his hands and walk toward [them],” the Casper PD affidavit says. “[The officer] used [their] patrol car for cover with [their] firearm drawn, until [other officers] arrived.”

After the suspect was taken into custody, a handgun was recovered from the front porch of the home.

Witnesses report that Holt had been out drinking at a bar with others, earlier in the evening, and had shown emotional distress during the night. One witness reporting that Holt saying that he wanted to “kill people.”

The suspect was then taken home, and reportedly continued to make statements about killing others. Upon arriving at a private home on Jim Bridger Avenue, witnesses say that Holt became outraged and retrieved a handgun before leaving the residence on foot.

One person, who had been with Holt’s party earlier in the evening, was walking to the Jim Bridger residence from a nearby home when they reportedly encountered Holt brandishing the handgun, near the intersection of Desmet Drive and Kearney Avenue.

The witness reported that Holt made a threatening statement about killing them, and that the witness then verbally taunted Holt by saying “shoot me, p***y.”

The witness then told officers that they took cover behind a vehicle, and then fled from the area in a “zig-zag” fashion. According to the affidavit the witness said that they feared for their life, and ran in the zig-zag to make it more difficult for Holt to shoot them.

Holt is then said to have returned to the residence on Jim Bridger, where he was eventually contacted by Casper PD. However, before police arrival, witnesses claim they heard a single gunshot.

The affidavit says that during the investigation, offers found a discharged round in the front yard of the home, off the front porch.

Investigators say that Holt told officers that he had been in a verbal argument with members of his party throughout the night. Officers go on to say that Holt admitted to pulling his gun and pointing it at another individual. He further is said to have admitted to firing one round into the yard.

The suspect was taken into custody and booked into the Natrona County Detention Center without further incident.

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.