Mar 19, 2014 - The Associated PressTeen clear in shooting death
CHEYENNE -- A teenager was justified in killing a man who tried to abduct his estranged wife from a northern Wyoming home last month, a prosecutor announced Tuesday.
Campbell County Attorney Jeani Stone announced that she won't press charges against the unidentified 15-year-old boy, who fatally shot Sammy Fears, 48, of Casper, on Feb. 19.
Stone said in a written statement that the boy shot Fears after the man went to a house in Wright and forced Cathy Fears, his wife of 24 years, into his car.
The Wright home where Cathy Fears had been staying belonged to a friend of hers, Stone said Tuesday. Stone said confidentiality rules prohibited her from revealing the boy's identity.
Cathy Fears had left Casper five days earlier to escape her husband, according to Stone's statement. It states he had been abusing her for four or five years and had repeatedly threatened to kill her. She told investigators she had reported the violence to Casper police.
At the time of his death, domestic violence charges were pending against Sammy Fears in Casper for an incident involving his wife last June, Stone stated. The day before he died, he had been served a summons to appear in court.
After the shooting, investigators found a loaded .44 Special revolver spotted with blood. They believe Fears discarded the gun after he was shot. Inside Fears' car, they found two more handguns, a rifle and shotgun, all of them loaded. He had a previous fraud conviction and was disqualified from owning guns.
Fears was alive when police responded to the scene, but died on the way to a hospital from a gunshot wound to the chest. Toxicology tests later found he had methamphetamine and amphetamine in his system.
Wolf spotted near Jackson
JACKSON -- Wildlife officials confirm that a gray wolf was spotted passing through a suburban subdivision outside Jackson Monday.
The lone wolf was spotted by at least four people and didn't cause any problems as it trotted by the Melody Ranch neighborhood.
Nancy Hoffman says the wolf came within about 10 feet of her living room window and called the sighting a "blessing."
A spokesman for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Mark Gocke, says its tracks led toward the Snake River in the general direction of the South Park Feedground.
Wolf sightings in developed neighborhoods aren't common but not unheard of.
At least one wolf in a pack that frequented another area subdivision in 2012 was killed by federal officials after the pack injured a dog.
Bison shot inside Yellowstone
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Authorities are asking for help in identifying who shot and killed three bison inside Yellowstone National Park.
Park officials said Tuesday that the animals were likely shot sometime between the evening of March 13 and the morning of March 15 along a road in the Blacktail Plateau area.
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