Suspect attempts to combat JPD with bear spray, now in custody

JACKSON, Wyo. — This afternoon, two officers with the Jackson Police Department were dispatched to the 500 block of E. Hall to investigate a call concerning a disturbance in a household involving family violence.

Upon their arrival, the two officers who were attempting to investigate, were sprayed with bear spray by a male suspect in his twenties. The suspect then retreated into the residence and barricaded himself inside.

Jackson Police Officers, assisted by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Highway Patrol and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Medics on stand-by surrounded the house and attempted to negotiate a peaceful settlement with the barricaded subject.

As the stand-off unfolded a member of the detective division applied for and was granted a search warrant for the residence. At 7:07 p.m. officers entered the residence to serve the search warrant and took the 24-year-old male, a Jackson resident into custody.

“An investigation into the original call for service is still on-going and further details may be released in the future. Charges against the suspect are still pending,” said Lt. Russ Ruschill of the Jackson Police Department.

Ruschill also assured the public that there is no outstanding threat to public safety following this incident.

“There is no threat to the safety of the general public, and the stand-off in east Jackson is resolved. Residents of east Jackson may see continued police presence in the area as the search warrant is served and the investigation is on-going.”

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who recently made Jackson home. Born and raised in Connecticut, she enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. She is most passionate about delivering and pursuing stories that directly impact the lives of individuals in the community. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.

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