One dead in police shooting at Wind River Indian Reservation Thursday night

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By Clair McFarland, Cowboy State Daily
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UPDATE: Within hours of this story’s publication, the FBI confirmed to the Cowboy State Daily that they are investigating the shooting detailed below. The agency has not commented on the death and will not share “any further” information with the public during its investigation, but will report its findings to the U.S. Attorney in Wyoming, an FBI spokesperson said Friday.

At least one Bureau of Indian Affairs officer was involved in a shooting Thursday night at the Wind River Indian Reservation, according to local authorities.

Official records and interviews suggest the shooting suspect is deceased, however, the FBI has yet to officially confirm this.

Two Fremont County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded at around 4:58 p.m. Thursday at the scene of a shooting involving an officer involving Bureau of Indian Affairs agents in Ethete, Deputy Sheriff Mike Hutchison confirmed to the Cowboy State on Friday. Daily.

“All officers are fine,” Hutchison said, adding that deputies were only on hand to help with “scene security.”

The FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs have jurisdiction over the reservation.

According to the sheriff’s log, the Fremont County coroner was called at 4:58 p.m. for a “stabbing/gunshot” death. Fremont County Coroner’s Deputy Tony Simmers confirmed Friday there was one death.

“Officer fired shots; (Redacted) need deputy to respond,” reads the sheriff’s log for the same incident.

Hutchison could not provide details on what may have led to the shooting or whether the suspect involved died, as the sheriff’s office generally does not have jurisdiction over the reservation.

Simmers said the death was under investigation and the FBI was the primary source of information on the investigation. The FBI is investigating a request for information from the Cowboy State Daily.

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