Shooting Inside Wyoming Detox Center Sparks Murder Charges

By McCarton Ackerman 07/22/15

Roy Clyde is being held without bond for first-degree murder and could face the death penalty.

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A tragic shooting last week inside a Wyoming detox center has left one man dead and another critically injured.

Roy Clyde, 32, allegedly slipped inside the Center of Hope facility in Rivington while the two men were sleeping in their beds and shot both in the head. The names of the two individuals have yet to be released. Clyde was ordered by a judge to be held without bond as he now faces one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted-degree murder.

Riverton police Capt. Eric Murphy confirmed that Clyde, a 13-year employee of the city of Riverton, called police to report the shootings immediately after. He later told investigators that he targeted the facility because he was tired of cleaning up after homeless people and watching them drink alcohol in public parks. However, there is no indication that the two victims or anyone else inside the facility were currently homeless.

Clyde also admitted that he had long thought about killing "park rangers," a derogatory term in the town for homeless alcoholics. Many of these so-called park rangers are Native Americans who come from the nearby Wind River Indian Reservation, where alcohol is illegal, to drink in the parks. A spokesperson for the Northern Arapaho Tribe confirmed on Monday that both victims were part of the tribe, but Clyde insisted the attack was not racially motivated.

"He specifically indicated that if he had encountered white people meeting his criteria, he would have killed them as well," wrote police Det. Scott Peters.

A preliminary hearing has been set for July 29. If Clyde is convicted on the first-degree murder charge, he will face life in prison and prosecutors could potentially seek the death penalty. The last execution in Wyoming took place in 1992.

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