Riverton man, barricaded in home for years, fired shots at law enforcement during standoff
A 28-year-old Riverton man was arrested yesterday a nearly 12-hour-long operation north of Riverton city limits in which he fired multiple shots at officers and threatened to burn his home to the ground.
Randy Pickering was arrested yesterday afternoon during the joint operation between the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Riverton Police Department and Natrona County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a news release from Undersheriff Ryan Lee, misdemeanor warrants had been issued for Pickering between June 2010 and September 2010 for failing to appear on charges of Reckless Endangerment, Resisting Arrest, Use of a Controlled Substance and Bond Revocation.
“Since 2010, Pickering has been barricaded at his residence located at 45 Minter Lane north of Riverton, only known to have left the home very few times in the last six to seven years,” Lee said. “Pickering would call the Office and make threats of violence if we attempted to apprehend him.”
Lee said that just recently the sheriff’s office received four felony warrants for Pickering’s arrest, alleging he held a man at gun point and threatened to kill him on two occasions in late 2016. During the morning hours of March 22, 2017, law enforcement initiated a plan to execute the arrest warrants.
“Negotiations began with Pickering and the home was eventually surrounded,” Lee said. And indeed, Minter portions of North 8th West were closed for hours. “During this time frame, Pickering barricaded himself, fired multiple rounds from within the residence, threatened to burn down the home, poured gasoline within the covered porch area, and exited the home several times armed with a handgun making numerous threats. Some of the rounds fired by Pickering nearly struck law enforcement officers.”
Lee’s press release did not indicate if any law enforcement returned fire.
Pickering’s significant other was in the residence the whole time, but Lee said there was no indication she was being held hostage and officials were in contact with her over the phone.
Eventually, the pair exited together, surrendered and were taken into custody without further incident.
The Riverton Volunteer Fire Department and Guardian Ambulance Service were staged throughout to support the missing. Pickering is being held in the Fremont County Jail and additional charges may be pending.