Shooting Incident Leads to Arrest After Two Hour Encounter with Police

(Gillette, Wyo.) Sunday night, Gillette police responded to a call of shots fired in the Prairie Blossom subdivision. According to the 911 caller, Benjamin Lange had discharged his .308 rifle as she was leaving the residence with his boss. She suspected there was another woman still in the house. Police tried to get Lange or the woman inside to answer the door. They could see him sitting in his living room, but could not see a weapon. Lange wouldn't allow the woman to talk to police, so they couldn't tell if she was being held hostage or not. For two hours police waited outside for someone to come out, while the tactical team geared up. Before SWAT could get involved, the arresting officers managed to get the woman inside to answer the door. As they pulled her out, Lange attempted to slam the door shut on police, but they managed to arrest him. He was drunk, with a blood alcohol level of .277. He admitted to firing the rifle earlier, and law enforcement found his rifle, with an empty casing, under his bed. Officers took Lange in for discharging a firearm and public intoxication. However they contacted the original 911 caller, who told police that Lange had fired his gun *at her*. This added an aggravated assault charge, a felony, for Lange. The woman held inside the house is still in custody, but is not considered to have been a hostage. #county17 #news -- *Brenda Kirk* Community Maven for | 614.940.7121 Twitter | Instagram | Facebook PitchEngine™ | *Connecting Communities* | Twitter | Facebook