Auto burglary leads to shots fired and standoff with police

(Jackson, Wyo.) - On Saturday December 19 at 2:27 a.m., Jackson Police officers and a Teton County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a reported auto burglary and gunshots being fired on Berger Lane, an industrial area in South Jackson. The reporting party said a subject had entered several vehicles, then fired gunshots towards both occupied buildings and a hillside. It was reported that the suspect was armed with both a rifle and handgun. Upon arrival and after briefly searching the area the suspect was located by officers. The officer’s gave the subject multiple commands to put his hands in the air. The subject put one hand in the air but kept his other hand in his waistband area, refusing to raise it. The subject then lowered his raised hand and turned and began walking directly towards the sheriff’s deputy while reaching for his waistband. Despite being given multiple orders to stop and raise his hands, the subject pulled a handgun from his waistband and began raising it towards the deputy before dropping it on the ground and complying with commands. It was determined the suspect was conducting auto burglaries, specifically looking for firearms. The investigation revealed he had stolen both a rifle and the handgun he was in possession of when contacted by officers. It was further determined he fired at least three rounds indiscriminately with no specific target in mind. As a result, Dietrich Paul Ackermann, 24, of Jackson was charged with aggravated burglary and reckless endangerment. Aggravated burglary is punishable by not less than five nor more than 25 years imprisonment and up to a $50,000 fine. A burglary becomes aggravated when the person committing the burglary is or becomes armed. In a time of many publicized officer involved shootings and increased media scrutiny on police use of force throughout the nation this incident serves as a reminder of the professional police services provided to the Town of Jackson and Teton County. This incident could have easily ended in an officer involved shooting that may well have been determined to have been justified, yet because of good training, judgment, and a community minded approach, what could have ended tragically ended with no injuries. The Jackson Police Department takes pride in being a community partner and an agency that strives to solve problems at the lowest level possible. This incident serves as a reminder of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers daily and of the courage and professionalism displayed by the law enforcement officers who serve our community. Feature Photo: h/t Jackson Police Department / Pitchengine Communities #buckrail #news