By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The man involved in the deadly standoff with police in Evansville over the weekend was identified Monday by the Natrona County coroner.
Blaine Clutter, 29, died in the course of the 18-hour standoff with police over the weekend. His autopsy was scheduled for Monday, according to the county coroner.
According to a statement from the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, a special response team responded Friday evening to a report of shots fired at a home on Fifth Street on Evansville. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the incident.
Over the next 18 hours, trained crisis negotiators used various tactics to draw Clutter out of the home he had barricaded himself in.
During this time, there was an exchange of gunfire between Clutter, who was barricaded inside the home, and four Casper Police Department officers.
Around 11 a.m. on Saturday, Clutter was discovered dead inside the home. According to Casper Police Department officials, Clutter’s cause of death has not yet been determined.
The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office is working in coordination with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations to investigate the incident.
“The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office extends its sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased,” officials said Monday.
The Natrona County Sheriff’s Department declined requests for additional comment from Cowboy State Daily, citing the fact the investigation into the incident was ongoing.
A GoFundMe page was launched to raise funds for Clutter’s funeral, with around $1,800 raised as of Monday afternoon.
“We appreciate all of your condolences and words of love through this difficult time,” organizer Olivia Hernandez wrote. “Blaine’s mother is currently encarcerated [sic] and the arrangements for laying him to rest are all up to Anthony. We are organizing this fund to help ease a bit of the anxiety for Junior’s brother. Thank you so much for your help!”
Anthony Pete Hernandez identified himself on social media over the weekend as Clutter’s father and apologized to the law enforcement involved in the standoff over the weekend.
“I want to say sorry to all Law Enforcement Officers for my son actions during that stand off with him on Friday and Saturday,” he wrote on Facebook. “I’m thankful to God he didn’t wound or kill any of you well you all where doing your job. I talked to some very good hearted people in the Natrona County Sheriff Department that feeled [sic] me in on how it when down and ended.
“I’m very grateful you all tried your hardest to have him give his self up and surrender even though he was trying to hurt you all. May God always protect you all sincerely!” Anthony Hernandez continued. “My son’s acting was way wrong no matter what mind set he was in. He was my son I will miss him. People that need help get it please.”
Hernandez did not immediately respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment on Monday.