RSPD use of force justified

A shooting involving the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office and the Rock Springs Police Department was ruled a justified use of force by Sweetwater County Attorney Daniel Erramouspe.

According to a press release from the county attorney’s office, officers and deputies were dispatched to the Elk Street Kum & Go Nov. 21, to respond to a call regarding an agitated man striking nearby vehicles with a hatchet. The man, identified as Austin Pacheco, 26, allegedly failed to respond to orders to drop the hatchet. Pacheco’s brother, also at the scene, attempted to plea with Pacheco to drop his...


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