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Wyoming: Man shoots mountain lion in self defense

October 22, 2008

Cokeville, Wyoming

From Local 8 News of October 20, 2008

Man shoots mountain lion in self defense

An Afton hunter killed a mountain lion earlier this month while hunting deer with his father in western Wyoming.

The state Game and Fish Department determined the killing was self defense.

Adam Lancaster told Warden Todd Graham that he killed the mountain lion on Oct. 7 as it approached the hunters while they were field dressing and boning a buck mule deer they had killed.

The encounter occurred in the north end of Wyoming lion hunt Area 14 in the Coal Creek drainage, about four miles south of U.S. 89 on Salt Pass. No one was injured.

They reported the incident immediately.


Wyoming Man Defends Daughter From Dog

July 16, 2008

Powell, Wyoming

From the July 15, 2008 Casper Star-Tribune:

POWELL — The Park County Sheriff’s Office says no charges will be filed against a man who admitted shooting a dog and dumping the remains.

Sheriff’s officials say the man told them he shot the dog after it was acting aggressively on his property. They say the man was concerned about his daughter’s safety.

The man didn’t know who owned the dog, so he dumped the carcass in a pit. He later found out who the owner was and made an anonymous call to tell her where to find the carcass.

July 7, 2007

Jackson, Wyoming

From the Casper Star-Tribune of July 6, 2007

Man gets clear in grizzly killing

Ken Meade agrees it’s fair to say he’s relieved he was not charged with killing an endangered species.

Federal officials recently determined the 65-year-old Lander man killed a grizzly bear in self-defense last fall.

The case marks what is perhaps the last time a federal agency will be involved with investigating a grizzly killing. The bears were removed from federal protection earlier this year, and control of the animals now rests with the state.

Meade said the one shot he fired to kill the 4-year-old, 350- to 400-pound male grizzly in October was “the luckiest shot of my life.”

On Oct. 11, Meade was hunting elk on Togwotee Pass with his chocolate Lab, Clementine. He was camping in a camper, less than 50 yards from U.S. Highway 26/287, he said this week, two weeks after he received word his case had been ruled to be self-defense. He had declined to be interviewed last fall because of the ongoing investigation.

April 13, 2007

Casper, Wyoming

From the Casper Star Tribune of April 12, 2007

Shooting victim tried to defend himself, detective says

Before being killed, Mark Fisher managed to fire a single shot at the man who had just blasted into his Casper home, a police detective testified today.

Police found a shotgun with one spent cartridge on Foster’s body when they discovered him in his North Kenwood Street home on April 1. He had been fatally shot in the chest and head.

The man accused of killing him, 42-year-old Casper resident Edward Taylor, should be tried for first-degree murder in connection with Fisher’s death, a judge ruled at the conclusion of Taylor’s preliminary hearing in Natrona County Circuit Court today.

Fisher fired at Taylor in self defense, Casper police detective Kathryn Davison testified at the hearing. Officers found that the locked doors to Fisher’s home had been blasted open.

Shortly before the killing, Taylor confronted his wife after seeing her leave Fisher’s home, Davison said. Edward and Beth Taylor had been in the process of getting a divorce.

January 28, 2007

Greybull, Wyoming

From the Casper Star-Tribune of January 28, 2007

Suspect surrenders after brief standoff

A man wanted in connection with a shootout outside Bozeman, Mont., was arrested here without incident following a brief standoff Thursday.

Chris Wagner, 33, will be held at the Big Horn County jail in Basin until he can be transferred to Montana’s Gallatin County to face a charge of attempted murder.

Authorities say Wagner tried to kidnap Michael Peters, 33, southeast of Bozeman on Jan. 17. Both men began shooting, and both were wounded. Peters, who was shot in the torso, face and hand, was hospitalized. Wagner fled.

Investigators said they traced a call Wagner made from a pay phone in Greybull and began looking for him around the town. When they found where he was staying, they surrounded the house and locked down a nearby school.

Wagner stayed in the house for about 10 minutes before coming out.

December 6, 2006

Gillette, Wyoming

From the Gillette News Record of December 5, 2006

Homeowner shot at intruder, but didn’t hit his target

Investigators still don’t know who tried to break into an American Ranch Road home Monday morning, but they’re sure he wasn’t hit by the homeowner who shot at him, Sheriff Bill Pownall said.

The 37-year-old homeowner woke up at about 2 a.m. when he heard dogs barking, Pownall said. He went to his bedroom doorway, saw a man trying to enter through a kitchen door and fired a round from a .45-caliber handgun.

The owner told investigators he was certain he hadn’t hit the man, which was confirmed when they found the handgun round lodged in a kitchen cabinet, Pownall said.

Deputies haven’t received any further information since the incidents. Pownall said the case is still open.

November 26, 2005

Laramie, Wyoming

From the Laramie Boomerang of November 25, 2005

Laramie man shot and killed

Brandon Martinez, a 19-year-old Laramie resident, was shot and killed Friday morning at 2 a.m.

Martinez was allegedly trying to enter the house at 712 Russell to make contact with an estranged girlfriend when James Martino, age 55, shot Martinez once in the chest with a .22-caliber handgun, said Commander Dale Stalder of the Laramie Police Department.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing as to whether the shooting was justified, said Stalder. County Attorney Richard Bohling is assisting with the investigation, but his office was closed on Friday.

Martinez had a stick or bat in his hand when he was trying to enter the house, said Stalder. Though Martinez had breached the front door at some point, Stalder was not sure if he was in the house at the time he was shot.

Martinez had only lived in Laramie for six months, and police do not know why he moved here. He was not a student and didn’t have a permanent residence in town. His parents live in Blaine, Wash., and Jerns Funeral Chapel is planning to handle the funeral arrangements. Funeral home director Sig Aase expected the body to be released either Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Police received a call at 1:50 a.m. from a woman at 712 Russell who said a man was trying to gain access to their house and her husband had a weapon. Police lost contact with the caller, and by the time they made it to her residence, Martinez had been shot. He was taken to the hospital, but pronounced dead shortly thereafter. The county coroner was conducting a forensic autopsy Friday evening.

Stalder estimates law enforcement should be able to determine if a crime was committed by early next week. Martino had not been drinking, but police do not yet know if Martinez had been drinking.

The woman Martinez was trying to contact was a family friend of the Martinos.

From the Laramie Boomerang of March 10, 2006

County rules justifiable homicide

James Martino, a 55-year-old Laramie resident, will not be charged in the shooting death of 19-year-old Brandon Martinez on Nov. 25, according to the conclusion of County Attorney Richard Bohling.

Martino shot Martinez with a .22-caliber rifle around 2 a.m. late Thanksgiving night through the front door of his house after an argument with Krystal Sorenson, Martinez’s girlfriend who went to Martino’s house at 712 Russell.

“The overwhelming bulk of this material either supports or fails to contradict the version of events related by Mr. Martino in his statement made shortly after the shooting occurred,” said Bohling in his letter to Robert Deutsch, Chief of Police for Laramie. “In my assessment of this material, I acknowledge the conflicting information that has been provided by Krystal Sorenson, the girlfriend of Mr. Martinez. However, the background investigation conducted by Sgt. Ernst into both the history of the deceased and Ms. Sorenson clearly indicates that Mr. Martino’s description of what happened is more credible.”

Sorenson, the 16-year-old girlfriend of Martinez who moved down to Laramie with him from Blaine, Wash., told this newspaper back in November that Martinez never had a weapon and never tried to enter the house.

“The police had to kick the door in to enter; they should know this,” said Sorenson.

The police report indicates Martinez was trying to force his way into the house at the time Martino fired the fatal shot through a closed door. The report also states that Martino knew Martinez, and that his knowledge of Martinez and Martinez’s “prior contacts with law enforcement” made the threats Martino heard more credible.

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March 25, 2005

Basin, Wyoming

From the Casper Star Tribune of March 25, 2005

No charges in shooting death

No charges will be filed in the shooting death of a Montana man at a campground last weekend after an investigation determined the shooting was likely “justifiable,” according to the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Department.

Larry P. Thomas, 44, of Roundup, Mont., was found dead Sunday afternoon from a single gunshot wound near the Five Springs Campground, Sheriff Dave Mattis said.

“All the information we have now” indicates Thomas was shot while he was assaulting a man, Mattis said. That man and another man were detained in the Big Horn County Jail while police investigated.

“We’re not saying that the homicide was entirely justifiable, but we’re saying no charges will be filed,” Mattis said.

When the two men left in their vehicle, Thomas rammed them from behind with his pickup “for some unknown reason” and off the roadway, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Thomas then attacked the driver of the first vehicle and began slamming his head against rocks.

The passenger of the first vehicle grabbed his rifle, warned Thomas to stop and shot him after he continued to beat the other man’s head into the rocks, according to the sheriff’s office.


July 19, 2004

Paradise Valley, Wyoming

From the Casper Star-Tribune of April 24, 2004

Conked, cuffed and collared

When 68-year-old Eugene Summers learned two fugitives were on the loose in Paradise Valley on Thursday afternoon, he did what any tried-and-true Wyomingite would do — he got out his gun and took a look around.

The first clue was that the side door to his shop off Indian Paintbrush was locked. He never locks the door.

After he opened the bay door and saw the tarp laying in the corner, he was pretty sure he’d find what he was looking for. He never keeps the tarp there.

His stepson, Bobby Allison, had left work at Rocky Mountain Brake when he heard the news that two fugitives had ditched their stolen car and were hiding in Paradise Valley. Allison’s kids were due home from school around that time, and he wanted to make sure they were safe, said Summers’ wife, Carole.

Allison, armed with a shovel, and Summers, his .22 Ruger at the ready, made their way toward the tarp.

“I walked over and stepped on it,” Summers said. “They moved a little.”

Then they moved a lot.

One of the two fugitives grabbed a crowbar off the wall and swung it at Summers, who swiftly bashed him upside the head with his pistol, Summers said. The second fugitive jumped up and was just as quickly whacked on the noggin by Allison with his shovel, Summers said.

“They minded a lot better after that,” Summers said Friday in an interview at his shop. “We just got everything quieted down.”

Within moments the police had the fugitives on the ground and handcuffed.