(Riverton, Wyo.) – 21-year-old Arthur Cantrell Jr. of Riverton faces charges of Attempted Escape from Official Detention and two counts of Reckless Endangering following a shooting incident in Riverton on Aug. 29.
Cantrell is being held in the Fremont County Detention Center under a $10,000 cash only bond. An arraignment date in Wyoming’s Ninth District Court, where he will enter a plea, has not yet been set. Cantrell has a previous felony conviction from South Dakota.
The attempted escape charge is a felony punishable by up to three years in prison, $3,000 in fines or both. The reckless endangering charges can be punished by up to one year in prison each.
The affidavit filed in the case was written by Riverton Police Officer Mariah Wilson.
“Upon arrival (to the 300 block of East Madison), officers secured Arthur Cantrell Jr.,” states the affidavit. “He was in possession of a Cobra .380 semi-automatic handgun that he admitted he had stolen from a male that was in City Park earlier that day.”
“Cantrell also admitted that he had shot the handgun,” Wilson wrote. “He stated substantially that ‘I had racked the slide and bullet came out and then I shot the gun.’ … (Officer Armstrong) handcuffed Cantrell behind his back, walked him to his patrol vehicle, put him in the backseat, and locked the doors.”
“Shortly thereafter, I heard a siren chirp and Sergeant Komrs yelled, ‘your car!’” continues the affidavit. “I saw Sgt. Komrs and Officer Armstrong running towards the patrol vehicle that contained Cantrell. I saw that he had crawled to the front seat of the patrol vehicle that was operable and running.”
The court document states that as Cantrell was being pulled from the front of the patrol car by officers, his pants and underwear became caught on a patrol rifle. One officer had to cut his clothing off of him to fully remove him from the vehicle.
Cantrell was still handcuffed but had slipped his hands in front of him.
When he was arrested, there was also a connection noted with an early shots-fired incident in the 400 and 500 block of South Federal. Read more about both incidents here.