Man who threatened to shoot at police caught without incident near Boysen

(Shoshoni, Wyo.) – A Hot Springs County man making suicidal and homicidal threats to the Thermopolis Police Department was apprehended on the west side of Boysen State Park in Fremont County late this morning.

The suspect was identified as 59-year-old John Daniel “JD” Dodge of Thermopolis.

Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee said the man had allegedly made threats to the Thermopolis Police that he was going to drive into town and begin shooting police officers. He then headed toward Fremont County. According to earlier intercepted radio traffic, the man had allegedly threatened suicide by police.

After his pickup was spotted west of Shoshoni, the man drove onto the west side of the state park near Fremont Bay; he was apprehended without incident.

Lee said the man would be charged in Fremont County with being a felon in possession of a firearm and for making terroristic threats. He was immediately transported to the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander and his vehicle was impounded.

A hand gun was reportedly found in the man’s pickup.