(Casper, Wyo.) - Close to a year ago, the Casper Police Department responded to a residence along the 1600 block of Kit Carson in Casper to serve a a search warrant to an address. Upon entry into the residence, officers encountered an armed male presenting lethal force toward the officers. The actions of the male resulted in an officer firing upon the male, who subsequently succumbed to fatal gunshot wounds. District Attorney, Mike Blonigen, stated in a letter following the incident “I find, in all respects, that the use of deadly force by the officer was necessary and proper. There are no grounds for any criminal charge against the officer.” The officers also had information before gong to the residence that the male was currently in possession of firearms while conducting drug transactions. This morning in Natrona County District Court another male who is allegedly part of the drug transactions and conspiracy, plead not guilty to three charges. Ryan Townsend, this morning plead not guilty to felonious conspiracy to deliver marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of a felony amount of marijuana. It was reported in court records, following the officer involved shooting,
the Division of Criminal
Investigation was brought in to investigate the situation, and a search
warrant was obtained to search the residence. Court records show that DCI
Investigators found prescription bottles with the name Ryan Townsend on
them, gained access to the victim's cell phone and found the name
'Townsend' in the phone.
The messages indicated a drug operation that was ongoing and through
searching the home, they located a safe with three bags of suspected
marijuana plants, the bags totaled a reported, 160.491 grams of substance.
The substance was field tested and proved positive as marijuana.
If convicted of the crimes, Townsend could face up to twenty-five years in
Click to read more about this case