Man Goes Ballistic At Hotel, Cops Say

November 11, 2011 by staff 

Man Goes Ballistic At Hotel, Cops Say, The Laramie County Sheriff’s Department has released the name of the Deputy Sheriff who was wounded during the early morning hours of November 10th at the Fairfield Inn in Cheyenne.

Deputy Sheriff Chance W. Walkama was struck once by gunfire through the door of a hotel room at the Fairfield Inn. He is currently listed as in good condition at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

The suspect has been identified as 24 year old Brian J. Noel of Cheyenne. He is currently charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The case remains under investigation by the Cheyenne Police Department and is being reviewed for other possible charges by the District Attorney’s Office.

Press Release at 3:38 a.m.:

A Deputy Sheriff from the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department was shot and wounded during a welfare check on a 24 year old Cheyenne man early Thursday morning (November 10th).

The incident began just before 10:00 PM on Wednesday evening (November 9th) when the Sheriff’s Department was notified that an individual had sent some text messages to his girlfriend in Wheatland stating he was possibility going to harm himself. These messages were relayed to the suspect’s family in Cheyenne who notified the Sheriff’s Department here in Cheyenne. Information indicated that the suspect did have one or more handguns in his possession.

Deputies were able to locate the approximate location of the suspect through his cell phone and conducted a search of the area in the vicinity of the Mall. The Cheyenne man was located in a motel room on the second floor of the Fairfield Inn at 1415 Stillwater Avenue.

Two Deputies attempted to talk the suspect out of the room through a partially opened door. When the individual did not comply with verbal requests to come out of the room and appeared that he did have a handgun in his hands, Deputies then attempted to taze but it had no effect on the individual.

At that time the person opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun through the door. Initial investigation indicates that he emptied the magazine of a 9mm handgun through the door. At that time he then complied with the deputies instructions. Although wounded by the gunfire the Deputy was able handcuff the suspect who was then transported to the Laramie County Detention Facility.

The Deputy was transported to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for treatment and remains in stable condition, being treated for a wound that missed the ballistic vest, striking him in the side.

Although the shots fired by the suspect penetrated the occupied rooms across the hallway, no injuries to any other occupants were reported.

No shots were fired by the Deputies from the Sheriff’s Department.

The investigation has been turned over to the Cheyenne Police Department and the Crime Scene Investigation Unit from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

The suspect is in custody at the Laramie County Detention Facility and at this time is facing charges of aggravated assault on a Peace Officer pending review of the charges by the Cheyenne Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office.

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