CASPER, Wyo. —
A man arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of firing multiple gunshots inside a Casper hospital told police he was on drugs and went to the hospital to seek help, according to court documents filed in the case.
Police apprehended Mitchell Taylor, 20, of Casper, at 1:26 a.m. Monday after, they say, he fired a 9 mm handgun multiple times inside Wyoming Medical Center. Police arrested Taylor after tazing him inside a building on the hospital's campus. Nobody was injured in the incident.
The documents, which police made available to local news outlets Tuesday morning, state Taylor told police he took LSD, a hallucinogenic drug, and became suicidal. He said he went to the hospital to seek help. When he got inside the hospital, he couldn't find anyone to help him, he told a detective. He remembered shooting the gun, he told police, but did not indicate why.
Taylor appeared in court Tuesday afternoon, where Judge Steven Brown set his bond at $500,000 and ordered he have no contact with the medical center.
Deputies led Taylor into the courtroom separately from the rest of the inmates awaiting their initial appearances, three minutes before the hearing was scheduled to begin. Brown called Taylor's case first, rather than in alphabetical order, as is more common.
Brown said prosecutors have charged Taylor, who was dressed in a jail uniform and wearing handcuffs, with two counts of aggravated assault, property damage and use of a firearm while committing a felony, as Chief Keith McPheeters indicated at a Monday press conference. Taylor told the judge he does not have a job.
"I was scheduled to go to school out of state but that's probably not happening anymore," he said.
When Assistant District Attorney Samuel Forshner requested the judge set Taylor's bond at $1 million, the defendant grimaced, swaying from side to side in his seat.
"Sir, I just want to state for the record that I was overdosing on LSD that night," Taylor said. He told the judge he did not remember any of events described in a police paperwork before the judge cut him off.
Forshner told the judge the prosecutor's office did not have indication Taylor has any prior criminal record. The judge set Taylor's bond, and as deputies led him from the courtroom, the 20-year-old looked back to the audience, audibly exhaling.
In an interview with police, a woman who works at the hospital said she saw a man standing near elevators holding a gun on the morning of the incident, the documents state. He asked her what she was looking at before turning away from her and firing the gun multiple times. She then ran to the hospital's security desk.
A doctor told police he had been walking through a set of doors when he heard a loud bang, the documents state. He looked to his right and saw a man crouched and pointing a gun at him. The doctor told police he then ran away and, after he had left the area, heard several more bangs.
While Taylor was still wanted in Monday's early morning hours, police spotted him crouching in a tunnel under Conwell Street, the documents state. The officer was initially unsure if Taylor was a person trying to hide from the shooting, the documents state. He told Taylor to show his hands and stay still, but Taylor began running away. The officer chased Taylor and eventually tazed him, the documents state.
Taylor struggled briefly before officers were able to take him into custody, the documents state.
Police estimated the damage to the hospital at about $5,000. They say Taylor damaged a door, wall and cabinets.