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Sep 25, 2012 - The Associated Press

Motorist sues in odd traffic stop

CHEYENNE -- A Wyoming sheriff's deputy who detained a man in handcuffs for openly carrying a pistol offered to let him go if he agreed to let another deputy draw his weapon and shoot if the veteran made any sudden moves while driving away, court records show.

Robert Pierson has filed a civil rights lawsuit over the August 2011 incident.

Pierson, 31, of Pensacola, Fla., was carrying the pistol, which is legal in Wyoming, when he was pulled over by Deputy Corry Bassett of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

In a sworn statement this month, Bassett acknowledged he offered to release Pierson if he allowed Deputy Rob Andazola to draw his weapon and cover Pierson.

Pierson declined the offer and was released without a citation when a supervisor arrived.

Pathologist dies in plane crash

DULUTH, Minn. -- Officials in northeastern Minnesota are mourning a longtime Duluth pathologist and deputy St. Louis County medical examiner who died in a plane crash in Wyoming.

Dr. Donald Kundel was flying to Wyoming to meet up with his son Friday when his single-engine homebuilt RV-7A plane crashed at the Laramie airport. He was 79.

Kolleen Kennedy, chief investigator in the medical examiner's office, said for a story published Sunday that Kundel had just finished treatment for bowel cancer.

"He'd gone through chemo and they said, 'You're clear,'" Kennedy said. "He was going to Laramie to celebrate, to go bird hunting with his son."

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Kennedy said family members told her Kundel had been cleared to land when the crash occurred.

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