Casper Police Officer Facing Lawsuit From Family Of Gunman Who Shot Him 9 Times

Former Casper Police Officer Jacob Carlson is medically retired and ready to move on but he's still facing a lawsuit.

Casper, WY – A week after attending the International Association of Police Chiefs conference in Chicago as a Dupont Kevlar Survivors Club honoree, former Casper Police Officer Jacob Carlson is back home and working to move forward with his life after law enforcement.

But the medically-retired police officer can’t actually get beyond almost losing his life until he is no longer under the shadow of a lawsuit by the family of the man who shot him.

Officer Carlson told Blue Lives Matter that he was shot nine times by 38-year-old David Wolosin on May 6, 2018.

“One to my right shin, one through my right knee, one that is still in my left knee, and one to the pelvis,” he detailed.

Another shot from Wolosin disabled the officer’s gun.

Officer Carson was also hit by four rounds that were partially stopped by his vest during the gun battle with the suspect.

The incident began after police received a call that Wolosin was allowing children – one as young as three years old – to drive a motor vehicle in a vacant dirt lot.

Dashcam footage, which did not include audio, showed an officer traveling into the parking lot, where a white car was moving in reverse.

The vehicle stopped as Casper Police Officer Randi Garrett walked down and made contact with Wolosin in the front passenger seat. Then Wolosin stepped out of the vehicle, and appeared to be focused on something in his hand.

Fuller said that Wolosin, who “fancied himself as a sovereign” and didn’t recognize the authority of the government, refused to speak to speak with the officer, and that he instead made a phone call, the Casper Star Tribune reported.

Officer Carlson arrived at the scene a moment later, and joined Wolosin and Officer Garrett near the parked vehicle.

The dashcam video showed Wolosin as he moved towards the rear portion of the car, and began shooting at the officers.

The officers rushed to back away, and Officer Carlson collapsed to the ground before they both found cover behind Wolosin’s vehicle, and returned fire.

Wolosin was fatally shot during the gunfight, but the two children inside his vehicle were uninjured, police said.

Officer Carlson was rushed to a local hospital with “life threatening injuries,” the Casper Star Tribune reported.

The pain was so intense that Officer Carlson told the Casper Star-Tribune that he remembered yelling at the doctors to cut off his legs. His heart actually stopped five times during one of the operations to save him.

The wounded hero was treated for a shattered pelvis, a severed artery in his pelvic area, infections, and nerve damage for more than a month at the Wyoming Medical Center.

Officer Carlson was eventually able to return to light duty at the Casper Police Department, but the medical problems resulting from his gunshot wounds have continued to plague him.

He told Blue Lives Matter that he had to take a medical disability retirement from his department on Feb. 1 because even the light duty assignments he was trying to accomplish were too taxing for him.

“I have nerve damage basically from my left nipple to my left kneecap and I have foot-drop on my left leg,” Carlson explained. “The surgery killed all the nerves in my leg… I have to wear a brace all the time now to force my leg to do what it should do on its own.”

He also suffered cardiac damage as a result of his wounds in the line of duty.

“My heart is suffocating because it has so much scar damage from doing internal CPR on me,” Carlson told Blue Lives Matter.

The former police officer said that he and his wife, Natrona County Sheriff’s Deputy Tiffany Carlson, have been focused on rebuilding their lives and having children.

But even that has been a challenge for Carlson, who already has a four-year-old boy from a previous relationship, because the damage done to the former police officer’s groin area by Wolosin’s bullet was extensive.

In the midst of juggling the physical damage wrought by a gunman’s bullet, the wounded hero told Blue Lives Matter that he is also worried about a lawsuit the shooter’s family has threatened to file against him and his partner.

Wolosin’s family filed paperwork in September that announced their intention to sue the city, the police department, and the police officers involved in the incident for $700,000 for the emotional distress caused to the children who were in the car, the Casper Star Tribune reported.

Both Carlson and his partner, Officer Garrett, are named in the draft complaint that was filed with their procedural paperwork to start the process.

The attorney who represented the officers during the law enforcement investigation after the officer-involved shooting called the claim absurd and noted that investigators had determined Wolosin had fired into the car with children inside, not the police, the Casper Star Tribune reported.

“Rather than receive a verbal warning for allowing a 3-year-old to drive, [Wolosin] chose to shoot officers,” Don Fuller said. “Now he complains that they shot back.”

The district attorney ruled in July that both officers’ actions were justified when they returned fire at Wolosin, the Casper Star Tribune reported.

“Officers Carlson and Garrett reacted in a commendable and appropriate way to protect themselves from a deadly and unprovoked assault upon them,” then-District Attorney Michael Blonigen wrote to the investigating agent at the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

Carlson is ready to move on with his life – he’s working as a private investigator now – and put the shooting behind him, despite his ongoing medical complications.

But he told Blue Lives Matter that the pending lawsuit has prevented him from doing that.

“I’m not mad at the guy who shot me,” he explained. “I’m not mad at his family. I’m just ready to move forward and start fresh and not be ‘that guy’ anymore.”

But Wyoming law gives Wolosin’s family a full year to determine if they’re going to go through with their lawsuit or not.

“We’re in limbo for another year,” Carlson told Blue Lives Matter.

He said that if the lawsuit goes forward, the Casper City Council has already announced their intention to fight it.

In the meantime, Carlson and his deputy bride plan to continue to work on enlarging their family, whatever it takes.

Comments (63)
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BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I don't blame the family for their loss or pain. It's the stupid lawyer who is moving forward with this lunacy. He or She probably solicited them with the idea and is telling them that these things usually settle out of court for HUGE sums.

JBo
JBo

There are low class people and there are NO class people.

DRTice
DRTice

Criminals who try to harm the police or others should have to give up ALL of their rights and NOT have any recourse in the court systems.

Texaslawman
Texaslawman

This will only stop when the penny counters in city halls stand up and say no more.

Bobby1874
Bobby1874

Democrats have morphed into the trade union for America's malignancies.  Thugs, criminals, MS13, dishonest attorneys, fake news personalities, radicals, illegals, and anything else that runs counter to our constitution, norms, laws, or sovereignty is a welcome vote to Democrats.

Thank a Democrat for society's shift towards lawlessness #PARTYOFCRIME #ENOUGH #DemocratsAreDestroyingAmerica #walkaway 

Democrats have morphed into the trade union for America's malignancies.  Thugs, criminals, MS13, dishonest attorneys, Porn Stars, radicals, illegals, and anything else that runs counter to our constitution, norms, laws, or sovereignty is a welcome vote to Democrats

Stanracer
Stanracer

The scumbag, dirtbag, douchbag criminal shoots at the police, they shoot back and kill the bastard. And the family wants to sue the police???Playing the trailer trash lottery! Only in America....🤔👎

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Sue the shooters families a## off! I guess you just can't make this sh#t up!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I hope the officer filed a suit against the bad guys auto insurance. He deserves to be compensated, big time for his pain and suffering. It sounds like the city is backing the officer which is good but I highly recommend all officers have a defense fund to protect them from frivolous law suits.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

I think the emotional distress experienced by the children is more likely to be the result of having a deranged escaped mental patient as a father, who chose to engineer his suicide in front of them. This is litigious scumbaggery!

ajl1957
ajl1957

First the Judge should dismiss the case right away. Then Sue family of of the of the man who shot him because they knew he was a.danger to society

cowgalhoney
cowgalhoney

the city needs a countersuit and sue the family for the actions of the relative in the amount of lost man hours and all medical costs. then agree to drop if they do, or press on and make it a pressident for a new law for all pds, and cities to recoup

cowgalhoney
cowgalhoney

new law

Marxest
Marxest

That bullet in the officers left knee is going to poison him down the road. I wish him the best, he will need it.

John Chapman
John Chapman

I think the police officers should file a counter lawsuit against the family of the deceased asshole. I'm hoping a judge throws the lawsuit out of court. Sovereign Citizen. What a crock of crap. P/O Jacob Carlson, you hang tough brother. HANG TOUGH. I hope you and your partner, P/O Randi Garrett get the justice system to work for you.

Aramovich
Aramovich

Counter sue for damages, etc. Should stop them in their tracks.

Wyodeputy
Wyodeputy

Bad part is the suspect’s brother was a deputy (still a cop) for the same county this happened in. Those are his children in the car. He refuses to see his brother’s actions as the fault in this or his brother’s bullets that went through the car nearly killed his kids. But as a cop, as a veteran, he should see his brother’s actions as what caused this incident! This law suit is wrong in every way possible. I feel terrible for his children and what they may have to go though and relive in this law suit.

CST1954
CST1954

They have 12 months to file lawsuit. This happened on May 6,2018 statute of limitations should have ran out May 6, 2019. By the 1 year rule it would be to late to file a lawsuit.

BigPapaFrosty
BigPapaFrosty

Stop paying criminals for there stupidity. He wasn't worried about those kids now was he so the family is just listening to an idiot who is trying to milk them for all he can get!

Michael Bracken Jr
Michael Bracken Jr

Many times the problem lies with an attorney telling a client that municipalities don’t want to be bothered by frivolous civil suits therefore many municipalities will make a settlement offer which is fast money. The one problem I have been told about is that the officer and municipality normally don’t have any say in the matter it becomes a decision of the insurance company and if there is going to be a settlement you have to make sure that the settlement removes any and all liability from the officers.

Grog
Grog

WTF?????????????? Talk about one f**ked up family! Hopefully once this suit gets before a judge, it gets dismissed with prejudice!

Fourmarines
Fourmarines

Liberal lawyers and judges are worse than the criminals. They actually help create criminals. That’s my opinion.

Mcgver55
Mcgver55

Just another one trying for the ghetto lottery, sad

bryantrent
bryantrent

Oh please

Greenecounty19
Greenecounty19

I hope There is a petition for summary judgment and the judge dismisses the lawsuit with prejudice. If it goes to court. My thoughts and prayers for you, your family, and those kids the bad guy caused harm to. I’m glad you made it and he did n....

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Article doesn't say whether payment for the legal defense of the former officer (and any judgements awarded -- but that seems unlikely here) will be picked up by the government. Typically, these things are and the defendant officer is not out any money -- regardless of whether the po-po did a no-no or not.

Wish that this story would have linked the "draft complaint" filed by the plaintiff (assuming that the document is not under seal).

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

the officer should sue everyone involved for 5 million in damages, including the attorney for the family who is causing further pain and suffering from a frivolous lawsuit. sue the family and the estate for everything they have.

If the criminals can be awarded a ghetto lottery settlement, than the officer should be able to get compensation from the perp's family for his actions.

BulletBarb
BulletBarb

These coppers need to get a great civil lawyer and sue the shit outta the gunman's family for pain & suffering. 2 can play that game.

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

He should sue the family for what their son did to him and sue the group of nut-jobs who convinced this guy he was a sovereign

Anomie88
Anomie88

It's amazing that these idiot "Sovereigns" claim they don't recognize the government, but when they do something wrong, they are the first to recognize the civil judicial system. If you denounce your rights as a citizen and the authority of the government, then you have no rights and should be deported to somewhere less habitable.

Bigpoppa72
Bigpoppa72

I love how people are only calling out liberals and Dems. Sooo you don't think the shooter was rep? Cause I would bet good $ a person who doesn't want government and shoots at a cop would lean more on the rep side of things. Just putting that out there

xcop985
xcop985

Fuck the dead thugs family

xcop985
xcop985

The officer should counter sue the thugs family for a life time of pain and suffering

61mouse
61mouse

If that assholes and family don't believe in police or government then how can they Sue ?? If police didn't exist in their empty minds .

sbfan2000
sbfan2000

How about he sues the shooters family for producing a complete waste of human skin.