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Fugitive from Missouri arrested for aggravated assault following Wednesday's high speed chase along I-25

Fugitive from Missouri arrested for aggravated assault following Wednesday's high speed chase along I-25

(Wyoming) - On November 25, 2015, at the request of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation initiated an investigation into an officer involved shooting in Natrona and Converse County, Wyoming. Preliminary information indicated that a vehicle pursuit was initiated by the Mills Police Department. The pursuit was continued by the Casper Police Department and subsequently turned over to the Wyoming Highway Patrol. The vehicle being pursued avoided multiple attempts by law enforcement to end the pursuit with spike strips. Near mile marker 165 on Interstate 25, the vehicle crossed the median and began traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 25. Due to the serious risk of injury to oncoming traffic, the Wyoming Highway Patrol intensified its efforts to stop the vehicle. Wyoming Highway Patrolman Doug Beran fired shots at the vehicle. A female passenger in the vehicle, subsequently identified as Michelle Essig, 33 years of age, sustained a single gunshot wound to the right leg. It was later learned that Ms. Essig is pregnant. Ms. Essig was transported to the Wyoming Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the vehicle, subsequently identified as Russell Anderson, 30 years of age, was also transported to the Wyoming Medical Center for treatment. It was determined the Mr. Anderson was a fugitive from the State of Missouri. In addition to the Missouri charge, Mr. Anderson is currently incarcerated in the Natrona County Detention Center on charges of Aggravated Assault, Promoting Prostitution and Reckless Endangerment. He is scheduled for his initial court appearance at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon. The investigation is on-going. Upon completion the results of the investigation will be presented to the respective District/County Attorneys for review. #oilcity #news