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Combat vet sues over Wyoming traffic stop

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 2nd, 2012

CHEYENNE A Lincoln County sheriff's deputy who detained a motorcyclist for openly carrying a pistol offered to let him go if he agreed to let another deputy cover him at gunpoint as he drove away.

Capt. Robert Pierson, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has filed a civil rights lawsuit over the August 2011 incident.

Pierson, of Pensacola, Fla., was openly carrying a pistol, which is legal in Wyoming, when he was pulled over by Deputy Corry Bassett.

Bassett says he handcuffed Pierson because he was concerned about his own safety. He said he offered to release Pierson on condition that another deputy would shoot Pierson if he made any sudden movement.

Pierson declined the offer. He was released when a supervisor arrived.

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