Police Shoot, Wound Casper Halfway House Escapee

Police Shoot, Wound Casper Halfway House Escapee

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Casper police say one of their officers shot a halfway house escapee who drew a gun in a parking garage. The suspect was hospitalized Friday with a non-life-threatening arm wound and faces new charges. Ryan Burgess had been serving time at the Casper Re-Entry Center on an escape charge. Burgess previously escaped from the Wyoming Honor Farm in 2009.

Police Chief Chris Walsh says an officer confronted Burgess around 5:45 a.m. at a bank parking lot in downtown Casper. Walsh says Burgess drew what appeared to be a semiautomatic gun on the officer. Authorities had been looking for Burgess after he left the halfway house on a pass and failed to return. Burgess was sentenced to the Honor Farm on a 2005 manslaughter charge.

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