Wyoming lawmaker says man killed by police needed treatment

Wyoming News October 17, 2019

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Wyoming lawmaker says man killed by police needed treatment

FORT WASHAKIE, WY. (AP) — A state lawmaker says a Wyoming man should have been hospitalized receiving help with addiction issues on the day he was killed by police.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Tuesday that Republican state Rep. Lloyd Larsen addressed the death of 58-year-old Anderson Antelope during a Joint Committee on Tribal Relations Committee meeting Monday.

Antelope was a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe.

Authorities say a police officer shot Antelope Sept. 21 outside the Riverton Walmart after he stabbed an officer with a knife, which was blocked by body armor.

Larsen says Antelope spent months at the Wyoming State Hospital in Riverton and a hospital in Lander, but there was no room at public or private facilities for Antelope at the time of the shooting.

The shooting has prompted vigils and marches.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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