Man Shot By Police On Reservation Died Of Multiple Gunshot Wounds

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Update: This story has been updated to clarify that the docket, not the autopsy report, was released to the media.

By Clair McFarland, Cowboy State Daily

Terrance Posey died of multiple gunshot wounds following an Aug. 11 police shooting on the Wind River Indian Reservation, according to documents and interviews. 

A Bureau of Indian Affairs officer fired his weapon at about 5 p.m. on Aug. 11 on the reservation, an FBI spokeswoman told Cowboy State Daily last month. Neither the FBI nor the Bureau of Indian Affairs disclosed that the officer had shot a suspect, but the Fremont County Coroner launched an investigation into a male decedent that originated on the reservation that same evening.  

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that an officer-involved shooting had occurred.  

Posey’s obituary dates back to that day. He was an Ethete (reservation) resident.  

Posey, 33, died following multiple gunshot wounds in an homicide, according to his case verdict and docket, which the coroner released Tuesday to Cowboy State Daily.  

Lori Hogan, spokeswoman for the U.S. District Attorney for Wyoming, told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday the investigation is still active. The U.S. District Attorney for Wyoming is an appointed prosecutor overseeing reservation crimes and suspected crimes, and has the responsibility of determining whether the shooting officer is legally justified following a review of the FBI’s investigation.  

Posey had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.323%, and a methamphetamine concentration of 42 nanograms per milliliter of blood, at about the time of his death, the report states.  

He is described as a 33-year-old Native American male about 6 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.  

There was no property or money on his person, and his clothing and effects were collected by the FBI, the report states.  

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