Wyoming Coroner’s Inquest Set in Fatal Police Shooting
RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — A coroner's inquest will be held next month into the January fatal police shooting of a 34-year-old man in Riverton.
No officers were injured in the Jan. 10 incident, which resulted in the death of Nicholas Garcia after an altercation with two agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Fremont County Attorney Patrick LeBrun determined last month that he would not press charges against the officers involved. LeBrun concluded that Garcia "ambushed and attempted to kill" the federal agents.
But Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen said it is his agency's policy to convene a public inquest whenever a fatality is caused, or suspected to have been caused, by law enforcement in his jurisdiction.
The inquest has been scheduled for April 5 in Riverton.