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Albany County sheriff who shot man is identified

November 7, 2018

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Albany County attorney has identified the sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot a 39-year-old man on Sunday in Laramie.

The Laramie Boomerang reports that Cpl. Derek Colling of the Albany County Sheriff’s Office killed Robbie Ramirez of Laramie during a traffic stop.

Relatives say Ramirez had a variant of schizophrenia and feared police because past interactions with law enforcement caused him to be placed in mental-health institutions.

Colling has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

The Boomerang reports that while Colling was an officer in Las Vegas he fatally shot a teenager who was holding a knife to his mother’s throat in 2009 and then was later fired in 2011 after beating a man who was filming police.

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Information from: Laramie Boomerang, http://www.laramieboomerang.com

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