O'Leary Makes Initial Appearance in Circuit Court

(Photo by Ron Richter)
(Photo by Ron Richter)

The man responsible for incident on East Burkitt Street in Sheridan over the weekend that resulted in several streets being blocked off and the evacuation of neighbors, made his initial appearance in Sheridan County Circuit Court Monday. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter was there and has the details.


Shortly before 7 pm this past Saturday night, officers with the Sheridan Police Department were dispatched to 444 East Burkitt Street, after being advised 34-year-old Sean O'Leary had been making suicidal threats over the telephone, and threatened to shoot any officer that came to his home.

According to charging documents, at least ten shots had been fired inside O'Leary's residence prior at the arrival of law enforcement. Once officers arrived on scene, O'Leary could be seen pacing back and forth in his home with a black pistol in his right hand.

Dispatch, via telephone, requested that he exit the home through the back porch area, which he did, only to begin shouting obscenities at the officers and asking them to shoot him. At one point, O'Leary made his way through a gate and stepped into the alley on the south side of the property and hid behind a large City trash bin and yelled “I'm gonna knock over this trash can and come out with guns-a-blazin'.”

Eventually officers were able to persuade O'Leary to toss the pistol on the ground and surrender, however, he wasn't quite done with his disruptive behavior.

When Officer Scott Brastrup arrived on scene to assist, O'Leary began yelling profanities at him and kicked the officer and attempted to headbutt him in the face. Brastrup was able to avoid the headbutt to the face, although O'Leary did manage to strike the officer in the chest area.

Circuit Court Judge Shelley Cundiff set O'Leary's bond at $10,000 cash only. She added that if O'Leary made bond, he must check in with the Sheridan VA Medical Center for an appointment, and he must surrender all firearms in his possession to the Sheridan Police Department.

O'Leary is charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor. If convicted, he faces over 20 years in prison and fines of more than $20,000.

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