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Argument involving knife causes concern at convenience store

Nov 29, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

A verbal argument Tuesday between two men at the Fast Lane convenience store in Shoshoni had onlookers worried that a knife fight might break out.

One of the men involved in the argument reportedly was holding a knife, but officials said he never brandished the blade.

"He just happened to have the knife in his hand -- he'd just bought the darn thing," Undersheriff Ryan Lee said Wednesday. "(He) was holding the sheathed weapon in his hand during the heated conversation. ... It wasn't drawn out, presented or anything."

In fact, Lee said the man handed the knife to his daughter during the altercation, and she took it with her to their vehicle.

"The knife was never involved; it just happened to be observed," Lee said.

Regardless, someone at the Fast Lane, 110 W Second St. in Shoshoni, called police at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to say a male subject in the parking lot was "threatening another (subject) with a knife." The reporting party said the men got into their vehicles after the argument and left the area; the one with the knife headed toward Riverton and the other went toward Casper.

Both men were stopped by law enforcement soon after the incident. The subject who had been traveling toward Riverton was a 39-year-old Fremont County man, who was cited for breach of peace and public intoxication with a blood-alcohol content of .2. He was not driving, according to officials, who said there were two women in the vehicle with him.

The other man was a 29-year-old from Aurora, Colo., who was cited for breach of peace. He also had two women with him, and officials said one of them -- a woman in her 90s -- complained of cardiac problems during the traffic stop. She eventually had to be air lifted from the area; her condition was unknown Wednesday.

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