SWEETWATER COUNTY - Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers continue to investigate a bizarre series of events involving intentional ramming of a vehicle, shots fired and one person cut that has resulted in three persons being injured. One of the three injured is the suspect who has been taken into custody.
As of June 27, troopers are still attempting to put time lines, locations and obtain names from witness’ to events that occurred during the incident that began approximately seven miles east of Wamsutter on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80.
The events started to unfold as a REDDI report (Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately) that came into the Wyoming Highway Patrol Dispatch Center in Cheyenne Wednesday evening shortly after 9 p.m.
The first caller advised the patrol dispatcher that a white car was swerving all over the highway and had run off the road. The driver of the white car was out of the car and was running back and forth across the roadway in front of traffic. The dispatch center began getting multiple calls from motorists advising that the white male driver of the REDDI vehicle was standing out in the roadway and was wearing no clothes.
The nearest Trooper, who was north of Rawlins, was immediately dispatched to the scene. Approximately four minutes later calls were received that advised the naked man, later identified as 26-year-old Armondo Cano from Moroni, Utah, was now fighting with another man. Cano eventually re-entered his vehicle and headed eastbound on the Interstate once again.
Approximately 17 miles later Cano intentionally rammed another eastbound vehicle occupied by a couple from Cheyenne. When both vehicles stopped Cano, still unclothed, attempted to enter the couple’s vehicle. Seeing the crash and unaware of what was really happening, a female passerby stopped to offer assistance. Cano forced his way into her vehicle climbing into the back seat as the female driver fled her vehicle on foot. Cano found a 9mm semi-automatic handgun in the female’s vehicle and began firing it from inside the vehicle out the closed windows. At this time it is unclear how many rounds he fired or exactly what or who he was shooting at.
Once the shooting began the Cheyenne couple attempted to drive away from the scene however Cano, who was now back in his own vehicle, chased after them and rammed them once again.
Cano, still in possession of the semi-automatic firearm, traveled approximately 3 miles further down the road where he stopped, exited his vehicle and then lay in the highway with the handgun.
Several truck drivers and motorists stopped and Cano, with a pipe, began breaking out the glass windows in an unknown number of trucks. One truck driver was cut however it is unknown haw badly he was cut or by what.
At this point, one Trooper arrived on scene and attempted to take Cano in to custody. A struggle began between Cano and the Trooper. The Trooper was assisted by several of the truck drivers in wrestling Cano to the ground. A Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived moments later and the individuals were able to gain control of Cano which enabled the officers to handcuff him.
The female owner of the handgun, who was very upset, was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital of Carbon County in Rawlins with breathing difficulty. Cano was also transported by ambulance to Rawlins to be treated for minor injuries.
Cano is currently being held on an emergency detention and has not been charged this morning but does face numerous felony charges.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol is working closely with the Sweetwater County District Attorney’s Office during this investigation. Once the District Attorney’s Office reviews the case they will make the determination as to the charges.
Major John Butler, Wyoming Highway Patrol Field Operations Commander, stated, “Even though this type of incident is rare, it can be very alarming to those involved or who travel our roadways. Fortunately, with the assistance of good Samaritans and other law enforcement personnel, this individual was taken into custody without bringing additional harm. Our thanks and appreciation goes out to everyone involved and our thoughts are with those who were personally impacted.”For the complete article see the 07-01-2010 issue.
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