(Riverton, Wyo.) – A former Riverton Police Department Captain was arrested Wednesday by the Fremont County Sheriffs Department on two counts of Felony Aggravated Assault and Battery. A Fremont County warrant charged Frisco Saunders, 42, of Riverton of assaulting his wife in the parking lot at her employment during a child exchange and threatening to kill her and then attempting to run her over with his truck.
According to a Riverton Police report of the incident, on Monday, June 2 at about 11:53 a.m., police were contacted by Saunder’s former wife who said she had been threatened and nearly run over by him.
The 42-year-old Riverton woman said that she and her ex were to meet in the parking lot of her employment in the 300 block of Lincoln Street for a child exchange involving their juvenile son. According to the report, Saunders was upset because of the child’s clothing, but his former wife said that each time he takes the child, he never comes back with any of his clothes, forcing her to buy new outfits for him every time. An argument allegedly broke out over that topic and Saunders is alleged to have begun poking his wife in her chest while backing her up and yelling at her. He allegedly backed her all the way into the side of a vehicle in the lot and kept poking her in the chest.
The female victim told officers that he threatened to break into her house and kill her and her new boyfriend. She then told police that she grabbed a cart full of supplies for her work and began to return to her employment “when she heard an engine rev-up and heard it accelerate,” the police report said. “She was able to leap about three feet to avoid being run over by the red pickup, but one of her arms was struck by the vehicle’s side mirror. The report said she had obvious red marks on her arm where she was struck.
After the truck nearly ran her over, the victim told police he continued screaming obscenities at her as he drove away, the report said.
“If she had not jumped out of the way, she would’ve been run over,” Captain Eric Murphy said of the police report information. “That was the basis for the felony charges.”
Saunders left the RPD several years ago shortly after being promoted to the rank of Captain.