On Sunday October 13, 2013 at 12:31 a.m. an officer with the Gillette Police Department stopped a 2004 Sport Utility Vehicle near the intersection of Brooks Avenue and East Lincoln Street for a traffic violation. The sport utility vehicle was occupied by one adult male. During an investigation to determine if the suspect was driving under the influence, the suspect refused to get out of the vehicle. The suspect grabbed the officer and drove away dragging the officer a short distance. During the incident the officer drew his service weapon and fired shots in an attempt to stop the suspect.
The suspect fled north on Brooks Avenue and continued to the Outer Limits Subdivision just outside the city limits. Other law enforcement agencies joined in the pursuit. The pursuit came to an end when the suspect crashed through a barbed wire fence. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Campbell County Memorial Hospital. The suspect received no injuries as a result of the gunfire and was released from the hospital.
The officer was treated and released for injuries sustained while being dragged by the suspect.
The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident at the request of the Gillette Police Department. The suspect is currently being held at the Campbell County Detention Center on a felony drug charge. Additional charges are expected. Chief of Police Jim Hloucal said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is also part of the investigation.