RSPD responds to active shooter at restaurant

The Rock Springs Police Department responded to a call concerning an armed suspect and shots fired last Saturday.

At approximately 12:40 p.m. on September 9, the RSPD was dispatched to Santa Fe Southwest Grill restaurant.

“Dispatchers were informed that there was a male suspect walking around the restaurant with two guns and that shots were fired,” an RSPD press release explained. “The staff of Santa Fe Trail evacuated all customers and employees while officers were en route. Once Rock Springs Police Department officers arrived on scene, they were able to detain the suspect without further incident.”

The RSPD reported on Saturday that there were no injuries related to the weapons call and that, as the suspect had been detained, there was no threat to the community.

The suspect was later identified as James Vickers. Vickers was initially charged with five counts of alleged reckless endangering and one count of alleged person using or under the influence of a controlled substance.

Following a search of the suspect’s vehicle, additional charges were filed, including four felony counts of alleged possession of schedule 3 controlled substance and one count of alleged possession of marijuana - 3rd offense.

Additionally, RSPD is also working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on additional charges related to the incident.

“Rock Springs Police Department is thankful for the quick actions of the staff and customers at Santa Fe Trail,” the press release added.

As this continues to be a developing case, more information may be released as it becomes available, according to the RSPD. The RSPD also reminded the public that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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