Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputies, Lander Police and Wyoming Highway Patrol were on stand-by out of sight of the suspect’s residence in Hudson while threat suspect Steven Ervin was being sought. (Joshua Scheer photo.)
(Hudson, Wyo.) – After a multi-agency, multi-hour operation in the Town of Hudson Friday afternoon, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man for making violent threats against the community.
Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee said Steven Ervin, 55, of Hudson, was arrested on an arrest and hold warrant issued by Probation and Parole.
Lee said it is alleged Ervin made “multiple violent threats against the peace and dignity of the community.”
The Sheriff’s Office took the lead in making the arrest and was assisted by the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Lander Police Department, Riverton Police Department and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.
Riverton City Hall was partially locked down due to the threats, with all doors to the outside sealed with the exception of the front.
Acting Riverton Police Chief Captain Eric Murphy said about the threat, “The post was a three paragraph rant saying, and I’m paraphrasing here, that he was mad at the judicial system, probation and parole, the judges, and law enforcement and that he would do such a heinous act it would make national news. I took a copy of it over to City Administrator Steven Weaver and we jointly decided to take precautions.”
Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese said the Fremont County Courthouse in Lander was never locked down. “We were on alert,” she said. “We got his photo and copies of some posts he had placed on Facebook. We were told to be on alert and to call dispatch if he showed up here.”
“We are continuing to take precautions related to this arrest,” LPD Chief Jim Carey said. He said everyone who needed to know about the threats was notified and is safe.
A County10.com search of arrest records revealed Ervin had been taken into custody by the FCSO one year ago, on October 7, 2012, on a Failure to Appear warrant.