Sheriff Wants Police Shooting Reports, But County Attorney Says No Request Was Made

Jan 25, 2019

Credit Tennessee Watson

Earlier this month a grand jury found that Albany County Sheriff's Officer Derek Colling was justified in his use of force. Colling shot Laramie resident Robbie Ramirez in November. The grand jury's decision concluded a criminal investigation, but the Albany County Sheriff's office has yet to announce whether Officer Colling will keep his job. He is currently on administrative leave.

Sheriff Dave O'Malley told Wyoming Public Radio in an email that he is in the process of reviewing the matter. He said he still has not seen a copy of the investigation conducted by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, or the autopsy and toxicology reports.

Albany County Attorney Peggy Trent said she's yet to receive a formal request for those reports. Upon receiving the sheriff's request, she said she can file a motion to provide him those materials.

As for a broader review of policies and procedures, O'Malley said he hopes to have an independent consultant assist with that process. He said a statement will be released once that process is complete.