- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - The Campbell County attorney says a sheriff’s deputy was justified when he shot and killed a knife-wielding woman just east of Gillette.

The Gillette News Record reports (https://goo.gl/JwixFN ) the deputy fired two shots at 39-year-old Nikki Jo Burtsfield after a high-speed chase in May. He will not be charged.

The shooting occurred on a rural road after the sheriff’s office received a call about someone trespassing at a coal mine.

Deputies chased a vehicle that ended when spike strips deflated its tires. Authorities say Burtsfield exited the truck and approached the deputies with a knife. Multiple stun guns were fired at the woman with little effect.

Five deputies, including the one who fired the deadly shots, were placed on administrative leave.


Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, https://www.gillettenewsrecord.com

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