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Police-involved shooting hospitalizes one; officer on paid leave during investigation

A Wyoming police officer is on paid administrative leave after using his weapon while on a call at the Ramblewood Apartments in Wyoming this morning. (WWMT/Jake Berent)

A Wyoming police officer is on paid administrative leave after using his weapon while on a call at the Ramblewood Apartments in Wyoming this morning.

Officers responded to an apartment in the complex twice, at 2 a.m. and at 3 a.m., first for a suspected break-in and then for a domestic violence call.

It was during the second call that officers confirmed a suspect had a weapon in his hand, and that an officer fired and hit the suspect.

The suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

In a written report on the incident, the Wyoming Department of Public Safety said three officers were called to investigate the domestic violence call.

After entering the apartment, the officers encountered an armed individual. During the encounter, one of the officers discharged his firearm, striking the suspect. The officers then rendered aid to the suspect.

Police officers then checked the residents in adjoining apartments, which were evacuated for the investigation. No other civilians or officers were injured.

A firearm was recovered at the scene. Residents are being allowed back into their apartments and there are no additional safety concerns in the area related to this incident.

Wyoming police and the Kent County Sheriff's Office gathered at the scene, an sent a robot into one of the apartments to ensure there were no other suspects.

The sheriff's office is continuing to investigation the incident.

Wyoming police said it is unclear if the earlier break-in call is related to the domestic violence call.

"At this point I can't tell you whether or not they were related," Wyoming police Capt. Kim Koster said. "I'm not sure of exactly what the previous call history at this apartment was, but I'm told that there have been some issues with that apartment from the management here."

Once the investigation is complete, it will be reviewed by the Kent County prosecutor.


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