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SHERIDAN — Sean O’Leary, 34, of Sheridan, appeared before Judge Shelley Cundiff of Sheridan County Circuit Court Monday afternoon for a bond hearing on two felony charges stemming from an incident over the weekend where he allegedly discharged a firearm inside a residence and subsequently had a standoff with police.
According to court documents, officers with the Sheridan Police Department were dispatched to O’Leary’s residence at 444 East Burkitt St. after O’Leary had made suicidal threats over the phone and further threatened to shoot any police officer that came into his home. Before police arrived, neighbors reported hearing 10-12 gunshots inside the home. Police evacuated neighboring buildings and surrounded the area.
Officers attempted several times to contact O’Leary via telephone and were eventually successful. While interacting with police both over the phone and in person, O’Leary came out of the residence with a gun in his hand three different times, shouting profanities at the police and asking them to shoot him.
O’Leary eventually left the property via a gate and hid behind a city trash bin in the alleyway. After continued negotiation, O’Leary dropped the gun in the alleyway and informed officers the pistol had a round in the chamber.
As O’Leary was being taken into custody, he kicked one of the arresting officers and head butted the officer in the chest.
The case is being prosecuted by Darci Phillips, deputy county and prosecuting attorney.
Defense attorney Ryan Healy argued that O’Leary has no prior criminal record, is a military veteran and has five years of experience in law enforcement, therefore he should be allowed to be released for treatment.
Cundiff set bond at $10,000 cash only and included several conditions. If O’Leary makes bail, he cannot leave the state of Wyoming he must avoid drugs and alcohol, relinquish possession of any firearms and follow up with the Veterans Affairs hospital for psychological care.
O’Leary was charged with two felonies: aggravated assault and battery and interference with a peace officer. Each felony charge carries with it a possible 10-year prison sentence. Aggravated assault and battery also carries a possible fine of up to $10,000.
When the felony charges have been addressed in district court, O’Leary will return to circuit court to address an additional misdemeanor charge of reckless endangering. An additional misdemeanor battery charge against O’Leary was dismissed.
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