During a news conference Thursday morning, Sheridan Police released more details of the crime that has shocked our community as a whole. Sheridan Media News Director Kurt Layher was there.
The recent homicide investigation in Sheridan has hit the community hard. 79-year-old Bob Ernst was shot three times and killed during a burglary attempt at his home early Wednesday morning. Three suspects are in custody today. 19-year-old Dennis Poitra, Jr. and two juveniles were all arrested last night.
During the investigation authorities learned that the 9 millimeter handgun used in the shooting was recently stolen from an unsecured vehicle in the area. One of the juveniles is believed to be the thief. Multiple adults and juveniles handled the weapon prior to the night of the shooting.
Police Chief Mike Card tells us more.
Police received assistance from the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, Sheridan County Search and Rescue, and the Wyoming State Crime Lab. Police Captain Scott Chandler said the cooperation of the public was vital in placing suspects in custody so quickly.
The suspects may make their initial appearance in court yet today.