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    Fremont County Coroner’s Office will hold a public inquest in response to Riverton law enforcement involved shooting

    On Thursday, January 10th the Riverton Police Department and a number of federal agents worked together on a case that involved a convicted felon who illegally possessed firearms and threatened law enforcement.

    According to RPD, officers made contact with the suspect Thursday around 11:00 a.m. when the suspect fired upon officers. Police returned fire and hit the suspect.

    After being transported to SageWest Riverton, the male suspect was pronounced dead.

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    The Fremont County Coroner’s Office has issued a statement about a public inquest that is planned in response to the shooting.

     

    The Fremont County Coroner’s Office is issuing this release in relation to the reported law enforcement involved shooting that occurred on this date in Riverton, around 11:00 this morning. It is the policy of this office to convene a public inquest in the matter of any fatalities caused, or suspected to be caused, by any law enforcement agency in this jurisdiction. The public should be aware, however, that such incidents are complicated and investigated by multiple agencies. All agencies will require appropriate time to complete their investigations to a point where proper evidence can be presented to an inquest jury. For example, this office facilitates forensic autopsies on any fatalities which require it, and those reports take up to 4 to 5 weeks to complete. Thus, the arrangement for an inquest should not be anticipated for more than a month at the earliest. The jury and public deserve as complete a presentation of the evidence and event as possible to arrive at a cause and manner of death. Until such an inquest presentation is made, this office will not issue further comment on the incident or circumstances. An additional notice will be released to inform the public at the time an inquest is scheduled.

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