CRC Escapee Shot in Bank Parking Lot

Submitted By: Liz Cooper,  

According to Casper Police, a man was shot in the parking lot of First Interstate Bank in downtown Casper. 

Police have confirmed that the man shot Friday morning is Ryan Burgess. 

Burgess is an escapee from the Casper Re-entry Center in Natrona County. 

Casper Police say in early morning hours Friday, an officer was on a routine patrol when he saw a man in dark clothes on foot inside the downtown parking structure. 

The officer stopped his vehicle to talk with that individual, who was later identified as Ryan Burgess, and as he did Burgess drew a semi automatic hand gun on the officer. 

The officer took cover and Burgess fled on foot. 

According to Chief Walsh, officers searched the downtown area for Burgess and around 5:45 a.m. another officer encountered Burgess. 

As he stopped to talk with Burgess, he drew a hand gun again and the officer shot Burgess through the right arm. 

Ryan Burgess was taken to the Wyoming Medical Center. 

K2TV reported Thursday, 28 year old Ryan Burgess was an escapee from the Casper Re-entry Center. 

In June of 2005, Burgess was convicted of manslaughter in Park County and was sentenced 7 to 10 years in prison. 

He was relocated to CRC just 10 days ago, on October 2nd. 

Burgess checked out of CRC Wednesday at 9 a.m. to go to the social security office in Casper. 

Officials noticed around 12:45 p.m. he was 45 minutes overdue to check back in. 

We do not know at this time the condition of Ryan Burgess, but authorities say the gun shot wound is not life threatening. 

Chief Walsh also confirmed that the area downtown on First Street could be blocked off for a few more hours.