Jackson contractor arrested for threats

JACKSON, Wyo. — A local contractor walked into town hall yesterday morning with a bone to pick. He left in handcuffs.

Paul Rivers, 67, was arrested for “terroristic threats.”

Lieutenant Roger Schultz said Paul Rivers walked into the front lobby of the Jackson Police Department at around 10 a.m. yesterday and said something “to the effect of, ‘you might want to get an officer upstairs because I might kill someone.'”

Rivers then turned around and walked upstairs, presumably to the Planning Department. That’s where officers found him minutes later, furiously confronting the person working at the front desk.

Schultz said Rivers is a contractor who was upset that he had failed a recent inspection. A family member told Buckrail that an inspector did not perform a drywall inspection after hearing screw guns in the next room and deciding the site wasn’t ready.

Rivers was unarmed, but admitted to making a threatening statement. He was arrested for terroristic threats.

“There’s a right way and a wrong way to do things,” Schultz said. “He chose the wrong way.”

This story has been updated with information from a family member of Paul Rivers. 

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