(Arapahoe, Wyo.) – One man was allegedly shot by a BIA Wind River Police officer around 1 a.m. Monday morning after officer(s) were reported to have come under gunfire during a traffic stop. The man, believed to be 27-years-old, was reportedly shot in the right forearm when the officer(s) returned fire. The suspect, whose identity has not been released, tried to elude officers by fleeing from the scene, but was caught in the 100 block of C’Hair Lane. Other occupants of the vehicle in question were reportedly detained at gunpoint until backup officers responded. The wounded man was taken to Riverton Memorial Hospital under a heavy police guard.
Units from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department and the Riverton Police Department responded to the scene to backup the BIA officers. “Deputies arrived and located the (BIA) Officers detaining one person outside of a residence,” said Undersheriff Ryan Lee. “The initial report was that a suspect was ‘shooting at their officers.’”
FBI media Coordinator Dave S. Joly in Denver told County.10.com in an email communication this morning that an investigation into the officer involved shooting is under way. “While we are less than 12 hours into the investigation, things are still developing. The location was on C-Hair Lane on the Wind River Indian Reservation during a traffic stop. The FBI and BIA are working together on this case.”
No other information was available.