FBI: Wind River police shooting not accidental

2014-08-01T15:15:00Z 2014-08-01T21:03:06Z FBI: Wind River police shooting not accidentalThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 01, 2014 3:15 pm  • 

RIVERTON, Wyo. — A law enforcement officer who fatally shot a man Tuesday on the Wind River Indian Reservation fired the gun on purpose, according to the FBI.

"It was not an accidental discharge of a weapon," Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Dave Joly said.

The man shot was a suspect in a weapons offense in the Pavillion area, Fremont County Sheriff's Department officials said, but few other details about what happened near Ethete were available to the public.

Sheriff's officials said they got a call shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday that a man armed with a handgun had shot out the window of a vehicle.

The man reportedly was still armed and "walking around town," according to the sheriff's office.

A responding deputy stopped a vehicle missing a window. Sheriff's officials said one of the three occupants was uncooperative and the shooting occurred after reservation police arrived to help.

No information has been released about the man who was shot to death. No identification was found on the man's body, but an autopsy is planned, Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said.

"We're waiting for them to take fingerprints at autopsy," McAuslan said. "We have an idea who it is. But since I don't know him, and it's just people saying, 'This is who it is,' I need to actually officially confirm it."

Wyoming Highway 132 was closed for almost 24 hours beginning about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday in connection with the shooting.

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