Man In Custody After Allegedly Shooting Motel Manager With Air Rifle
EVANSTON, Wyo. – A man is in custody after a four-hour standoff that started with a reported shooting at a Wyoming motel, authorities said.
The incident began Thursday at approximately 1 p.m. at the Super 8 Motel, 1710 Harrison Drive.
Lt. Ken Pearson said police responded to a report that the manager of the motel had been shot in the head.
He said officers discovered Bryce Salazar, 32, who had been living at the motel for more than a year had shot the manager in the forehead with an air rifle.
The injury “didn’t seem life-threatening at the time,” Pearson said.
The manager had reportedly been sweeping off an outside balcony when the suspect opened the door from his own room and shot the air rifle at the man.
Authorities removed the victim from the scene and transported him to the hospital via ambulance. Pearson said he believed the man was going to be treated and released pretty quickly.
In the meantime, the suspect had barricaded himself inside a room.
“We tried to negotiate over the phone,” Pearson said. “He wouldn’t answer his phone.”
Police ended up breaking the windows out of the room and were able to communicate with the suspect face to face and eventually take him into custody.
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