FCSO and LPD investigating a shooting in Sinks Canyon from last night; Suspect taken into custody

Three bullet holes were visible in the back of the victim's pickup truck from the .257 rifle used by the suspect. (Ernie Over photo)

Three bullet holes were visible in the back of the victim’s pickup truck from the .257 rifle used by the suspect. (Ernie Over photo)

(Update at 3:15 p.m.: Capt. David Good said that the suspect in the case was taken into custody around 2 p.m. on Friday. The man was apprehended in the parking lot of the Pizza Hut on the east side of Lander. Good said the man’s name will not be released until he has been formally charged. He should have his initial appearance in court on Monday.)

(Lander, Wyo.) – Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and Lander Police are searching for a suspect involved in a shooting that occurred last night. At 5:39 p.m. on Thursday, deputies were called for a weapons offense at Pheasant Drive and Sinks Canyon Road in Lander.

Sheriff’s Capt. David Good released the following statement:

“On January 31,2013 at about 5:35P.M., The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center took a call of shots fired at a vehicle in the Sinks Canyon area. The reporting party advised that a man in a Toyota truck had gotten his attention and was waving him over. The reporting party said that once he pulled over, the man started firing shots from a hunting type of rifle at his occupied truck. It was found that the truck was hit three times with bullets. The suspect fled from the area and his truck was found at a residence in Lander a short time later. Lander Police, Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputies checked several home and locations in Lander in an attempt to locate the suspect throughout the night. The truck that was hit by gunfire contained three people.

Contact was made with the suspect via cell phone shortly after the shooting incident, but the suspect would not give his location and would not talk with officers about the incident. At this time, the case is under investigation and the weapon used is in custody. More information will be released as it comes available.”

Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said his office got involved after information suggested the suspect was somewhere in town.

“We have recovered numerous weapons,” Carey said.

Multiple house checks were performed throughout the evening. During the checks, Marc Cunningham, 33, of Lander, was arrested at about 9:50 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites. Carey believed Cunningham would be charged with interference. He was reportedly intoxicated. Carey said the individual was not the suspect in the weapon’s offense.

During the house checks, police vehicles partially blocked South Fifth Street at Shoshone Street.

“That person is still at large,” he said at about 10:30 a.m. “We don’t believe there is a significant risk at this time.” Carey believed an arrest warrant was in the works. As far as Carey knew there had been no injuries in the incident and subsequent search.