A Wyoming city parks employee allegedly shot two men over the weekend, killing one and critically injuring the other, because he was tired of cleaning up after homeless people, police said Monday.
Roy Clyde, 32, is charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder for shooting two men who were lying in their beds at the Center of Hope detox facility in Riverton, Wyoming, the Associated Press reports.
Riverton police Capt. Eric Murphy said Monday that though Clyde’s resentment over the homeless precipitated the shootings, there was no evidence either of the men, or anyone at the facility, was actually homeless.
Clyde, a 13-year employee of the City of Riverton, allegedly confessed to the shootings on Saturday night, telling investigators that “he had been considering killing people he referred to as ‘park rangers,’ ” Riverton Police Department Detective Scott Peters wrote in an affidavit filed to support the charges, according to County 10 news.
In Riverton, the term “park rangers” refers to homeless alcoholics, generally American Indians who come in to the city from the nearby Wind River Indian Reservation to drink. Alcohol is illegal on the reservation.
In his alleged confession, Clyde insisted “that his decision was not race-based and that he was targeting transient people regardless of race. He specifically indicated that if he had encountered white people meeting his criteria, he would have killed them as well,” Peters wrote in the affidavit. The two victims were Native Americans.
“Clyde stated during the interview that his intent was to kill and that he intended to kill as many people meeting his criteria as he could,” according to the affidavit.
On Monday, prosecutor Patrick LeBrun argued for no bond in the case, accusing Clyde of going “hunting for people.”
“There’s no other way to say it,” LeBrun said.
The judge agreed and ordered Clyde held without bond. His next hearing in slated for July 29.
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