By Clair McFarland, Cowboy State Daily
The Federal Bureau of Investigation was releasing little information Tuesday about a Monday shooting on the Wind River Indian Reservation involving a U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer.
“A Bureau of Indian Affairs officer fired his weapon” on the Reservation, Vikki Migoya, FBI pubic affairs officer, wrote in a comment to Cowboy State Daily. “We are in the early stages of this investigation and will have no further information available while the investigation ensues.”
The FBI has investigative authority over felony-level crimes on the Reservation ordinarily and also for matters concerning the BIA police.
“After our agents have gathered all the facts of the shooting, we will provide our findings to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Wyoming for their review,” Migoya said.
No fatality from the shooting is indicated, as the Fremont County Coroner was not called to respond to the incident.
The incident marks the fifth officer-involved shooting within Fremont County since January 2019. The prior four — three in Riverton and one in Lander — were deemed justified under Wyoming’s self-defense statutes.