Category Archives: Wyoming

Killed – Matthew Boyer (Gillette, WY)

Matthew Boyer

A 25-year-old Gillette man was shot dead in the early morning hours Thursday, according to a press release from the Gillette Police Department.

A woman reported to police at about 4 a.m. that “her boyfriend had just been shot by someone who knocked at their front door.”

The woman told police the suspect left the 3200 block of Alberta Drive, where they lived. Her boyfriend was taken to the Campbell County Memorial Hospital emergency room, where he was pronounced dead.

The trial for Todd Michael Sindelar was scheduled to begin Monday morning, but was postponed a day to deal with a defense argument contesting some of the information and evidence prosecutors intend to introduce during the trial.

Sindelar is charged with killing Matthew Boyer, 25, who died after being shot twice, once in the abdomen and once in the chest, which pierced his aorta and spine.

The Thursday death of 25-year-old Matthew Boyer may have been the result of a disagreement over an alleged debt owed to his friend, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed Monday afternoon.

Todd M. Sindelar, 21, of Gillette, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder after police found Boyer had been shot twice — once in the chest and once in the torso — at his residence in the 3200 block of Alberta Drive.

Killed – James Baldwin (Natrona, WY)

James Baldwin

A 24-year-old Casper man was the victim of an apparent homicide at Rack’s Gentleman’s Club early Friday morning.

James Baldwin died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to Natrona County Coroner Connie Jacobson.

Pennsylvania resident John Henry Knospler Jr., 33, was charged with a single count of second-degree homicide at his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court. If convicted, he could face anywhere from 20 years to life in prison.

And this fall John Knospler Jr. and James “Kade” Baldwin were both at Racks Gentlemen’s Club on the night of Oct. 3. Witnesses said Knospler was asked to leave but remained in his car in the strip club’s parking lot.

Baldwin, who was celebrating his 24th birthday, was asked to leave a bit later, around midnight. A bouncer said Baldwin walked toward a car that he apparently believed to be his friend’s, and tried to open the passenger-side door. The door appeared to be locked, and Baldwin walked over to the driver’s side, the witness said.

The bouncer, a key witness in the case, said he did not hear a gunshot. He also could not clearly make out what happened in Baldwin’s final moments. He only saw Baldwin fall and the car drive off. A coroner later said Baldwin died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Miller and Renner are charged with first-degree homicide. Knospler is charged with second-degree homicide.

A Mills Police officer arrived on the scene about 12:23 a.m., five minutes after the initial call came in. A group of people were applying towels and pressure to Baldwin as he bled. Wyoming Medical Center paramedics and the officer pronounced Baldwin dead on scene at 12:35 a.m.

A Natrona County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a vehicle matching the 911 call’s description of the suspect’s car at 12:25 a.m. at the intersection of First and Wolcott streets in Casper, according to the affidavit.

Killed – Crystal Town (Cheyenne, WY)

Crystal Town

CHEYENNE — A local man has been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing his wife Wednesday night.

Christopher M. Town, 31, was booked into the Laramie County jail for first-degree murder.

An arrest report says Town called 911 around 9:15 p.m. last night and said he shot his wife, Crystal Town. When officers arrived, Crystal Town was dead.

CHEYENNE — As the relatives of his dead wife, Crystal, sat in the courtroom, Christopher M. Town admitted Monday to shooting and killing her on Oct. 2, 2013.

Town pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder before Laramie County District Judge Steven Sharpe.

The judge said Town is mentally competent to make the plea, and he accepted it.

Town, 31, said he killed Crystal, 29, inside their home at 4009 Magnolia Drive. He shot her in front of their 10-year-old daughter.

Christopher Town, 31, stood quietly as Laramie County District Judge Steven Sharpe handed down his sentence of 75 years to life in prison for shooting and killing his wife, Crystal Town, 29.

The original charge of first-degree murder was dropped in April to a lesser charge of second-degree murder as part of a plea. With that charge dropped, Town also escaped the death penalty and a life in prison without parole sentence.–248368891.html

Killed – Courtney Cox (Lander, WY)


A Lander woman has died after being shot in the abdomen Saturday afternoon in her home.

Officials said the accident was initiated by the woman’s husband, who had been “improperly disassembling a .45-caliber handgun” when it discharged and struck the woman in the abdomen just before 2 p.m. Saturday.

Investigation is ongoing into the Saturday shooting death of 25-year-old Courtney Cox, and Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said the shooting is believed to be an accident.

Carey said police and EMS were called to the 800 block of Vance Drive for a report of a woman who had reportedly been shot in the abdomen. While en route, police were made aware that the woman was no longer conscious. Upon arrival, officers initiated CPR and eventually the woman, Cox, was taken to Lander Regional Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

“We do believe this to be an accident, moreover a tragedy,” Carey said. He added that the woman’s 30-year-old husband is believed to have been handling the .45-caliber handgun when it fired.;-thought-accidental

Killed – Toddler – Ella Marie Tucker (Yellowstone, WY)

Ella Marie Tucker

Chubbuck resident Ella Marie Tucker, 3, died after she reportedly shot herself with a handgun at a campground in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park rangers responded Saturday morning to Grant Village Campground, after a woman reported her daughter shot herself. Resuscitation efforts failed, resulting in what officials said was the first shooting death in the park since 1978.

A federal law went into effect Feb. 22, 2010, allowing visitors to possess firearms in the park.

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – The first child to die from gunfire in Yellowstone National Park in three-quarters of a century was a 3-year-old girl killed over the weekend by a bullet shot from her father’s handgun at a popular lakeside campsite, park officials said on Sunday.

Killed – Todd Callies (Evansville, WY)

Todd Callies

EVANSVILLE — Authorities say one man is dead following a midnight shooting at a bar in Evansville.

The Natrona County Coroner’s Office identifies the dead man as 41-year-old Todd Callies. The office reports that he died of a gunshot wound at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.

Evansville Police say they’re investigating a shooting that occurred early Thursday at Taylor’s Sports Bar and Spirits.

Witnesses say one man is in custody. Casper officials are assisting in the investigation.

A Natrona County Sheriff’s Office incident summary states there was a report of shots fired at Taylor’s at 12:15 a.m. Thursday.

Evansville Chief of Police Zach Gentile won’t confirm whether any injuries or fatalities had occurred.

An Evansville man on Tuesday changed his plea to guilty of second-degree murder and 10 other felonies in the fatal shooting of Todd Callies early on July 25 outside an Evansville bar.

In addition to the murder charge, Samuel Renner, 21, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder, seven charges of aggravated assault and battery and two counts of possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent.

Killed – Naim Keith Labaki (Evanston, WY)

Naim Keith Labaki1

An Evanston man was killed following a high-speed chase and shootout with local authorities Saturday afternoon, according to Evanston Police.

Local authorities say the incident’s flashpoint occurred shortly after 2 p.m. when Naim “Keith” Labaki, 43, fired a single shot in front of his residence on the 800 block of Uinta Street. Labaki then reportedly fled in his white 1995 Ford Explorer to a Sports World store 14nearby, where he demanded an additional weapon.

Labaki left when employees refused his demands, then drove his vehicle to the front of the store and fired another shot inside. No one at Labaki’s residence or in Sports World was injured, police say.

Local law enforcement pursued Labaki in a high-speed chase until he collided with an unmarked police vehicle at about 2:40 p.m.

Labaki then leveled his rifle at an Evanston police officer from inside his vehicle, a press release states. The officer and a Uinta County Sheriff’s deputy responded by shooting at the suspect.

Labaki was hit, and immediately transported to Evanston Regional Hospital, where we was pronounced dead.