Wyoming news briefs for March 29

Posted 3/29/22

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Wyoming news briefs for March 29


Gas prices up 8.1 cents in last week

CHEYENNE — Average gasoline prices in Wyoming have risen 8.1 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.07 per gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy.com's survey of 494 stations in Wyoming.

Prices in Wyoming are 66.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, and stand $1.18 per gallon higher than a year ago.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Wyoming was priced at $3.69 per gallon Sunday, while the most expensive was $4.69, a difference of $1 per gallon.

The national average price of gasoline was unchanged in the last week, averaging $4.23 per gallon Monday. The national average is up 62.4 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.38 per gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.


DCI investigates shooting involving Gillette police

GILLETTE — The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation review of the officer-involved shooting in Gillette last week is underway and without a timeline, as the organization looks into its fourth police shooting this year.

On March 21, Gillette police officers responded to a report of a man firing a gun in the street around 3:24 p.m. in the 500 block of East Lincoln Street. A police statement said that officers found a man, later identified as Daren Lee Henle, 57, of Gillette in the street with a handgun.

According to the statement, he refused multiple requests to drop the gun. After unsuccessfully trying to subdue him with a taser, “at least one” officer fired and hit Henle, who died shortly after 4 p.m. in the Campbell County Memorial Hospital emergency room.

The officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave and have not been identified. The department also has not clarified the number of officers involved in the incident.

Henle died of multiple gun shot wounds to the torso, according to Campbell County Coroner Paul Wallem, who would not clarify how many gunshot wounds Henle received, citing the ongoing DCI investigation.

The Gillette Police Department also declined further comment pending the ongoing investigation.

The March 21 incident was the fourth officer-involved shooting in Wyoming this year, including that of Ismael Trinidad Montes, 22, who was killed by Gillette police on Jan. 16.


Driver hits 132 mph in Grand Teton chase

JACKSON — A high-speed Sunday afternoon car chase in Grand Teton National Park ended with no injuries or damage reported.

Federal law enforcement caught and arrested an Idaho man after he allegedly hit 132 mph on the national park's main highway, park spokesman CJ Adams said.

That's well over double the daytime speed limit on Highway 89/26/191, which is 55 mph during the day. 

Adams said there were no injuries or damage. He was not able to provide the suspect's name or age. Adams said the driver would be required to appear in court Tuesday, but wasn't certain where.

The suspect was driving a 2015 gray Dodge 2500, Adams said, and park officers' radar first clocked him driving 108 mph around 3 p.m. near the Teton Point Turnout.

Officers pulled out and turned on their lights and sirens but the driver did not pull over, Adams said. 

Instead, he continued south and radar guns caught him traveling roughly 132 miles per hour near Moose Junction.

The driver kept driving south, but ran into traffic at the Gros Ventre Roundabout. Other cars heard the law enforcement sirens and pulled over. The alleged speedster did the same.

Five law enforcement officers arrested the man, Adams said, issuing 10 citations for, among other things, driving under the influence, having an open container, reckless driving, unsafe operation of a vehicle, speed, a lack of insurance, driving with a suspended license, lacking a valid registration and eluding law enforcement.