Police Shoot & Kill Suicidal Man with Knife at Wyoming Ski Resort Yesterday

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Snowy Range ski area trail map.
Snowy Range ski area trail map.

Police shot and killed a man at Snowy Range ski area near Laramie, WY on Sunday after he lunged at them with a knife. 

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office reports that 48-year-old John Alan Britton of Colorado died on the scene of gunshot wounds inflicted by police officers.  The police and emergency personnel unsuccessfully tried to save Britton’s life.

On Sunday, December 6th, deputies of the Albany County Sheriff’s Office were investigating a report of a possible suicidal subject from Colorado, who was in Albany County.

Albany County Deputies conducted an extensive search to attempt to locate the subject, and subsequently located the man in his truck, in the upper parking lot of the Snowy Range Ski Area.

The subject refused to make contact with the deputies and remained seated in his truck.

Deputies placed the ski area on lock down, and requested that everyone remain inside of ski area buildings, and requested the Centennial Fire Department EMS to stage near the entrance to the ski area.

The subject subsequently left his truck and approached deputies on foot. After numerous attempts by the deputies to end the situation peacefully, the subject suddenly charged the deputies, armed with a knife.

Deputies fired, striking the subject. Efforts to provide life saving measures were made by deputies and EMS personnel.

The subject, identified as John Alan Britton (48), a Colorado resident, succumbed to the wounds at the scene.

– Albany Country Sheriff’s Office, today

An autopsy was set for this morning in Loveland, CO.

Map showing location of Snowy Range ski area, WY.
Map showing location of Snowy Range ski area, WY.

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