Bullet-Ridden Brothers In Riverton Still Not Identified; Police Chief Changes Mind On Facebook

Although the Riverton Police Department has not released the names of the two brothers shot in an alley Saturday morning, the chief of police said he changed his mind on posting crime information on the department's Facebook page.

Clair McFarland

June 21, 20222 min read

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By Clair McFarland, Cowboy State Daily

An investigation into the shooting of two brothers in a Riverton alley is continuing, although police still have not announced the names of the victims or suspects in the incident.

The Riverton Police Department declined to release any more information about the shootings that occurred early Saturday morning and left the two brothers each shot two to four times.

“I have inquired about doing a media release and I was advised (the incident) is still under investigation,” said department communications officer Wes Barry.

The brothers were shot at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday in a Riverton alley. Neither of the unidentified men had commented as of Saturday afternoon on the identity of their assailant, one because he was unable to speak because of being shot in the chest.

Both brothers were flown to Casper for medical treatment.

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Meanwhile, the Riverton Police Department backed away from its moratorium on the release of information about crimes through Facebook, a measure put in place after details of the shooting were released.

Police Chief Eric Murphy had originally said he would stop making announcements about crimes via Facebook because commenters could not “be civil” and managing comments was taking away department time that could be spent on investigations.

But Murphy later changed his position, although he did say the department might block the “comments” section of the its Facebook page.

“My earlier post about not posting crimes and very important information is wrong,” Murphy said in an edited version of his post. “I will continue to post vital information to the community but we will probably have to turn off where people can comment for a while.”  

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