Mills Police Release Further Details in Last Week’s Fatal Shooting
The Mills Police Department has released additional details in last week's shooting that resulted in the deaths of two men.
Michael Burdess, 43, apparently entered a residence in the 500 Block of Platte Avenue late Wednesday night and got into a fight with 63-year-old Don Watson. During the fight, Burdess brandished a handgun and fired one round at Watson.
Mills police officers, Natrona County Sheriff's deputies and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene shortly before 11:30 p.m.
Watson was taken to Wyoming Medical Center, where he died of his injuries on Friday.
After shooting Watson, police say, Burdess evidently took his own life with a single gunshot. He was also taken to the hospital, but was pronounced dead a few hours later.
Police say that a combination of prescription medications and alcohol are believed to be a contributing factor in the incident.
The incident remains under investigation. Results from the Wyoming State Crime Lab are pending, as are the official medical and autopsy reports which could take several weeks or even months to be completed.
In a statement Wednesday, Mills police emphasized that the shooting is believed to have been an isolated incident. They say there is no further threat to the community in connection with the shooting.