“If you take off with me, I’ll kill you”: Casper’s police release body, Dash Cam video of police shooting
By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Video footage of a man gunned down by a Casper police officer after the man left in a car with the officer inside was released on Friday, more than two months after the shooting.
The Casper Police Department released body camera and dashboard footage of the shooting on Friday at a press conference.
The officer involved in the shooting, Officer Jake Bigelow, was cleared of any wrongdoing in a Wyoming Criminal Investigations Division investigation, according to information provided for the press conference. The Natrona County District Attorney also declined to press charges.
The man who was shot was identified in May as Joseph Roebener, 42.
The footage, edited so that viewers could not see Roebener’s body after he was shot, was not released during the press conference, but was made public. However, it contains graphic images and explicit language.
According to police reports and video footage, at around 4 a.m. on May 6, officers from Casper stopped a vehicle and approached it to speak with its two occupants.
At one point, the driver unexpectedly exited the vehicle and the passenger sat in the driver’s seat in an attempt to flee the scene. Bigelow tried to stop the vehicle on entering, however, Roebener accelerated from the scene at high speed.
“If you go with me, I will kill you by the king,” Bigelow told Roebener as the man attempted to start the vehicle.
Inside the moving car, the officer ordered Roebener to stop the vehicle several times, even threatening to shoot the man if he didn’t stop. Eventually, Roebener drove the vehicle into the oncoming traffic lane of Interstate 25, although this was not clearly visible in the video.
The officer eventually fired his handgun four times at Roebener and brought the car to a safe stop along the highway.
The incident in the vehicle lasted just over a minute, although Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters said Bigelow told him it was like a lifetime.
A search of the vehicle later revealed an ounce of methamphetamine hidden inside.
“The rapidly evolving events depicted in the video show abundantly the difficulty in which the officer was placed by the actions of the suspect,” McPheeters said.