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Police say man arrested after threatening to shoot officers

Sep 20, 2014 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

A Thermopolis man alleged to have threatened police saw his case bound over to District Court on Sept. 12.

The defendant, John Daniel Dodge, 59, faces one count of possessing a firearm with a deadly, unlawful intent, a second of making terroristic threats and a third of interference with a peace officer. All together they are punishable by up to nine years in prison.

At about 10 a.m. Aug. 29, the Fremont County Dispatch Center received a call that a man named J.D. Dodge was threatening suicide, had a gun and was driving a red pickup truck with a paddle boat in the back, according to an affidavit in the case.

Using cell phone networks, investigators found Dodge's cell phone was near Poison Creek north of Riverton.

The caller told dispatchers Dodge was headed toward Riverton and threatened to shoot "as many officers as he could," the affidavit stated, and wanted to force law enforcement to shoot him.

The incident came to a dramatic conclusion, but the affidavit does not state anyone came to harm.

Fremont County Sheriff's Office deputies established a roadblock outside of Riverton. Other deputies saw a red pickup truck matching the description and saw it headed toward the obstruction.

The truck pulled up short roughly 25 yards from the roadblock. Deputy Jesse Jones got on his vehicle's public address system and told the drive to stop, but he did not.

The vehicle turned around and traveled back another 25 yards before stopping half a football field from where the deputies were set up. Then, a man later identified as Dodge, got out of the vehicle and began walking toward the roadblock with his right hand holding his cell phone raised up in the air.

Dodge was yelling something and appeared agitated as he walked toward the deputies. The affidavit stated his voice was loud, his face was red and he took an "aggressive stance" as he approached.

When he got to the roadblock, he tried to run around it, but Jones tackled him to the ground.

The affidavit stated deputies found a revolver in the passenger seat of Dodge's truck, and on the way to the sheriff's office Dodge said he had fired a gun at Boysen Reservoir and was a felon.

Felons typically may not possess firearms.

The date for Dodge's arraignment has not been set. Circuit Court Judge Wesley Roberts bound his case over after finding there was probable cause to do so on Sept. 11.

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