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Authorities identify man shot by deputy

Mar 2, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

The man shot and killed by a Fremont County Sheriff's deputy Wednesday has been identified as Michael Huff, 42, of Pavillion.

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said an autopsy was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday in Loveland, Colo.

"Especially in a case like this you do an autopsy to gather all of the information possible," McAuslan said.

Huff was pronounced dead at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday at Riverton Memorial Hospital where he was taken after the sheriff's deputy shot him at a trailer home in Pavillion.

Law enforcement responded to a call at 8:35 p.m. that day about a suicide threat in the 300 block of South Pine Street in the small town. Huff had reportedly barricaded himself in the home.

Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said after an "ensuing lethal confrontation" occurred, the deputy was "forced to use lethal force" by way of firing a shot and striking Huff.

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is handling the case because a deputy sheriff was involved in the shooting.

Sheriff's dispatch records show the deputy assigned to the call was Mike Hutchison; however, authorities declined to release the name of the officer involved in the shooting.

"There is no new information. At this point it is still under investigation by DCI," Lee said.

The deputy sheriff involved is on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

Fremont County Sheriff Skip Hornecker was unsure how long the investigation would take.

"It depends on the forensic aspects," Hornecker said. "It could take a few days or several weeks. It is hard to tell."

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