Cheyenne Man Accused Of Stabbing Deputy Goes From Hospital To Jail

Stephen Ashley, 46, was “involved” in multiple 911 hang-up calls Sunday that ultimately led to him allegedly stabbing a sheriff’s deputy then passing out.

Clair McFarland

June 22, 20232 min read

Stephen Ashley
Stephen Ashley (Cheyenne Police Department)

Authorities have arrested and charged the Cheyenne man suspected of stabbing a sheriff’s deputy in the shoulder just after midnight Sunday morning.  

Stephen Ashley, 46, is in the Laramie County Detention Center on suspicion of aggravated assault on a peace officer and interference with a peace officer resulting in an injury. Police didn’t arrest Ashley until he was released from the hospital, where he remained most of this week. 

Ashley passed out during the alleged attack after a law enforcement agent tased him, reads a Thursday statement by the Cheyenne Police Department.  

The deputy has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.  

Early Morning, Father’s Day 

Between 12:23 and 2:48 a.m. Sunday, deputies were dispatched to multiple 911 hang-up calls and requests for a welfare check and medical assistance at an apartment on the 500 block of West Prosser Road in Cheyenne, reads the police statement. 

All the contact attempts “involved” Ashley, the statement says.  

Deputies believed Ashley was drug-intoxicated and that, “It did not appear he had an emergency to report,” the statement says.

The deputies tried to guide Ashley outside, but he resisted and pulled away from them, the statement continues. He then allegedly pulled a hidden knife and stabbed the deputy in the shoulder.  

The deputy announced that he’d been stabbed.  

Someone, the statement does not say which agent, deployed a taser. Ashley struggled, but then lost consciousness and became unresponsive, so deputies started CPR and administered Narcan, the statement says.  

To The Hospital We Go 

Personnel took Ashley and the deputy both to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for care.  

Authorities booked Ashley into the Laramie County jail Wednesday “following medical clearance,” reads the statement. 

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Clair McFarland

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