Casper Police Officers Cleared in February Fatal Shooting
Nearly two months after a fatal shooting on 15th Street, the Casper Police Department has announced the two officers involved have been cleared and no charges will be filed.
The two officers returned to duty a couple of weeks ago, Chief of Police Keith McPheeters told reporters during a press conference on Thursday.
Killed in the shooting was 36-year-old Douglas One Year, who was wielding a sword and advancing toward the two officers when he was shot and killed in the middle of 15th Street on the night of Feb. 26.
Despite the officers' efforts to administer medical attention to One Year, he died at the scene.
Police received two 911 calls that night regarding One Year -- one after he reportedly swung a sword at a passing car, and another after he assaulted a clerk inside the Loaf N Jug store at 1510 Centennial Court. (See security footage below)
After that assault, which is shown on surveillance video edited by police, the clerk went into the back office and locked the door, then called police.
The responding officers found One Year walking down the middle of 15th Street with a sword. The first officer to exit his patrol vehicle calmly approached One Year to assess the situation, but One Year turned and advanced toward police while holding the sword.
One Year did not respond when officers repeatedly ordered him to drop the weapon, police dashcam video shows. (See below)
The investigation of the incident was handled by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, and the case was reviewed by the Natrona County District Attorney's Office. The officers' actions were deemed appropriate and lawful.