- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

DOUGLAS, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper responding to a fatal police shooting in Douglas is in the hospital after crashing into another motorist near Glenrock.

The trooper was airlifted Thursday to a Casper hospital, where he’s listed in stable condition. The driver of the other vehicle was taken to the hospital by ground ambulance, the Casper Star-Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/29cb09W ).

Highway Patrol Capt. Shawn Dickerson said the trooper was just east of Glenrock with his emergency lights activated when a car turned left in front of him while he was attempting to pass it. The trooper’s vehicle rolled multiple times.

A helicopter flew the trooper to Wyoming Medical Center, where Dickerson said he’s in stable condition. The driver of the other car was taken by ground ambulance to the same Casper hospital.

The crash blocked U.S. Highway 20-26 near Glenrock, the Wyoming Department of Transportation reported.

Dickerson said the trooper, who was wearing a seatbelt, was on his way to a shooting in Douglas when the crash occurred.

K2 Radio in Casper reports (https://bit.ly/29e9aXy ) that agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation were involved in the shooting, which left a man dead near a Catholic Church in Douglas. The station reports the shooting occurred while officers were attempting to serve a warrant on the man who had just attended his father’s funeral.

Police from several agencies were on the scene in Douglas on Thursday afternoon. Authorities say the investigation is continuing.

Attempts to reach a spokesman for the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation for comment after business hours Thursday was not immediately successful. A receptionist at the Douglas Police Department said the agency wasn’t handling the investigation and would not be issuing a statement.

Sgt. David Wagener with the Highway Patrol said his agency is only investigating the crash.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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