According to a press release from the Sheridan Police Department:
On 11/18/18, at approximately 6:19 p.m., Officers responded to an
address on S. Thurmond for the report of a male subject who reported
being shot at. A male subject utilized the vehicle equipped phone to
speak to Chrysler service, reporting he was being shot at by unknown
sources. Officers were familiar with the subject and have had multiple
encounters with the subject in the past due to mental health issues.
Officers contacted the subject in the passenger seat of his vehicle and
found him to be armed with a .22 lever action rifle. The subject
advised officers directly he was being shot at and refused commands to
exit the vehicle. The subject eventually got into the driver’s seat and
left the residence, being immediately pursued by officers. Speeds
never excessive during the pursuit.
Due to the subject’s mental state, and the fact he was armed with a
rifle, officers continued the pursuit which eventually traveled south on
US 87, outside the City Limits. Officers were able to deploy spike
strips at the junction of US 87 and Meade Creek Road, disabling both
The subject turned east on Meade Creek and then on to Interstate 90
towards Buffalo. At approximately milepost 51, deputies from the
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office were able to disable the remaining
two (2) tires on the vehicle, which finally came to rest. The subject was
then taken into custody and transported to Sheridan Memorial
Hospital where he was placed on an Involuntary Mental Hold.
The subject’s identity has not yet been released as he has not yet been
formally charged with a crime. The Sheridan Police Department was
assisted in the pursuit by the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office,
Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
It was determined through the investigation that no shots had actually
been fired as the subject had reported.