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Casper Man Arrested For Shooting, Killing Relative

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A Casper man has been arrested in connection with the shooting and killing of another man on Friday morning, the Casper Police Department announced Monday.

Vincent Daniel Hayes, 38, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of second-degree murder, the department said on social media.

Around 5:45 a.m. on Friday, Casper police responded to a report of a shooting at a residence on East 12th Street. Upon arrival to the scene, officers found a dead adult male inside the house.

Officers believe the incident is isolated, as Hayes and the victim were related. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.

“The Casper Police Department extends our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the victim and our entire community as we mourn the loss of one of our citizens,” the department said on social media.

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Casper Police Lieutenant Died By Suicide, Department To Treat It As Line Of Duty Death

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A Casper police lieutenant committed suicide earlier this week and the Casper Police Department will treat his death as resulting from line-of-duty actions, officials announced Wednesday.

Casper police Lt. Daniel “Danny” Dundas, a 13-year veteran of the agency and lifelong member of the Casper community, took his own life on Monday afternoon, the department announced in a social media post.

“Lieutenant Dundas was a beloved member of our Department and, for many people, was the face of the Casper Police Department, especially when he was at community events,” the department said in the post. “When our citizens thought of what a Casper Police Officer should be, they thought of Danny.”

The department noted that despite being a rewarding career, the life of a law enforcement officer can be difficult.

“During his years of service to our community, like all police officers, Lieutenant Dundas had experienced a wide variety of both positive and negative events, with citizens, victims, and suspects alike,” the department said. “Although all of our police officers are highly trained professionals, they are, first and foremost, humans. The stoic emotions we steadfastly maintain while on duty often crumble when we return to our homes and loved ones.”

The officers noted that Dundas experienced “several” traumatic events during his career, all of which impacted him in one way or another.

As a result, the department is going to treat Dundas’ death as the result of working in the line of duty.

“This is a tough job. Only the best even attempt to do it,” the department said. “Yet, such service to community comes at a cost, oftentimes at a heavy personal cost, and, all too frequently, those costs can be extremely steep. The extended Dundas Family and his Casper Police Department Family, share our sincere gratitude to this amazing community for the immense outpouring of support we have received.”

The department has been in close contact with the Dundas family all week to help them in any way possible.

A public memorial service for Dundas will be held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Attendees are asked to wear blue, black or patriotic clothing in honor of the police officer. Procession route information will be announced in the coming days.

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“If You Take Off With Me, I Will Kill You:” Casper Police Release Body, Dash Cam Footage Of Police Shooting

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Video footage of a man being shot and killed by a Casper police officer after the man drove off in a car with the officer inside it was released Friday, more than two months after the shooting occurred.

The Casper Police Department released body and dash camera footage of the shooting during a news conference Friday.

The officer involved in the shooting, Officer Jake Bigelow, was cleared of any wrongdoing in a Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation probe, according to information provided for the news conference. The Natrona County District Attorney also declined to press charges.

The man shot was identified in May as 42-year-old Joseph Roebener.

The footage, edited so viewers could not see Roebener’s body after he was shot, was not streamed during the news conference, but was made publicly available. However, it does contain graphic images and explicit language.

According to police reports and video footage, around 4 a.m. on May 6, Casper officers stopped a vehicle and approached it to speak with its two occupants.

At one point, the driver unexpectedly exited the vehicle and the passenger moved into the driver’s seat in an attempt to flee the scene. Bigelow tried to stop the vehicle by getting into it, however, Roebener accelerated from the scene at a high speed.

“If you drive away with me, I will f–king kill you,” Bigelow told Roebener as the man attempted to put the vehicle into drive.

While inside the moving car, the officer ordered Roebener to stop the vehicle multiple times, even threatening to shoot the man if he did not stop. Eventually, Roebener drove the vehicle onto the oncoming traffic lane of Interstate 25, although this cannot be clearly seen in the video.

The officer eventually fired his times weapon four times at Roebener and safely stopped the car along the side of the interstate.

The entire incident in the vehicle lasted just over a minute, although Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters said Bigelow told him it felt like a lifetime.

An search of the vehicle later revealed an ounce of methamphetamine stashed inside.

“The rapidly-evolving events portrayed in the video abundantly show the difficulty the officer was placed into by the actions of the suspect,” McPheeters said.

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