By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A Laramie County Sheriff’s deputy who was wounded during a shootout with another man over the weekend is expected to make a full recovery, a department captain told Cowboy State Daily on Monday.
The deputy remained in the intensive care unit of Cheyenne Regional Medical Center as of Monday morning, Laramie County Sheriff’s Capt. Don Hollingshead told Cowboy State Daily. It was unclear when he might be released.
“He’s got a way to go, but he’s expected to make a full recovery,” Hollingshead said.
The deputy was shot while exchanging gunfire with a robbery suspect in northern Cheyenne on Saturday.
The suspect was first contacted at Cahill Park in north Cheyenne after the deputy responded to a call of a robbery at Laramie County Community College.
The deputy chased the suspect in a slow-speed pursuit that ended about one-half mile north in the Miles Court neighborhood in north Cheyenne, where the shootout occurred.
Since the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting, Hollingshead said the DCI will decide when to announce the identities of both the deputy and the suspect. The investigation is expected to take six to eight weeks.
Hollingshead also could not say where the deputy was wounded.
Other law enforcement agencies from across the state offered their support over the weekend after the deputy was shot.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters at Laramie County Sheriff’s Office and those involved in yesterday’s tragedy in Cheyenne,” said Sweetwater County Sheriff Sheriff John Grossnickle. “We have to continue to work together as friends and neighbors to ensure things like this never become an everyday headline here in Wyoming.”
“Help us send good vibes to this deputy from a fellow agency in Laramie County! Prayers for them and their family, both blood and blue,” the Douglas Police Department wrote.