- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Natrona County District Attorney’s Office has found a Mills police officer justified in the fatal shooting of a man who authorities say fired shots into several Casper homes before turning the gun on officers.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2e99btO ) Officer Jake Bigelow has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing for the June death of 50-year-old Jeffrey Hyde.

Police had responded to reports on June 21 that a gunman was shooting into homes to find Hyde armed with a rifle.

District Attorney Michael Blonigen says in an August letter that Hyde fired 30 rounds into surrounding homes before firing at officers.

Bigelow returned fire, killing Hyde.

No officers were injured but one neighbor suffered cuts from broken glass.

Investigators couldn’t determine what prompted Hyde to start shooting in the Casper neighborhood.


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

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