A 32-year-old employee of the Wyoming Parks Department was ordered to be held without bond in the case of two shootings at the Center of Hope alcohol detoxification treatment center on Saturday.
Roy Clyde admitted in a confession to fatally shooting Stallone Trosper and shooting James “Sonny” Goggles, Jr. with intent to kill him, according to County 10. The men were shot in their heads as they lay on mattresses at the detox center in Riverton, Wyoming.
Clyde has been charged with one count of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Trosper and another count of attempted murder in the first degree for the nonfatal shooting of Goggles.
In an affidavit filed to support the charges against Clyde, Riverton Police Department Detective Scott Peters wrote that Clyde “admitted that he had been considering people he referred to as ‘park rangers.’ He admitted that he had been considering this for a lengthy period of time.”
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Clyde reportedly identified 'park rangers' as homeless alcoholics. He targeted the homeless because he was tired of cleaning up after them, WGNTV reports.
There is no evidence that either of his victims were actually homeless, though.
Clyde allegedly said in a confession that the decision to shoot the men was not race-based. He was just targeting homeless people. He added that he would have killed white people had they met his criteria.
The victims were both Native Americans.
Clyde told officers that he had first gone to Riverton City Park “with the intent to kill people who met his specific criteria. He did not see anyone at City Park meeting his criteria,” the affidavit alleged. He went to the detox center where he knew he would find them, reports County 10.
Clyde intended to kill as many people as he could, if they met his criteria, Peters said in a court document.
Fremont County and Prosecuting Attorney Patrick LeBrun argued for no bond in the case, saying Clyde “presented an extreme danger to the community. He went hunting for people.”
Ninth District Court Judge Curt A. Haws agreed and denied bond.
LeBrun said the case against Clyde was “very strong.” Evidence in the case is supported by a video of the crime and an admission of guilt from Clyde.
Riverton Police Chief Mike Broadhead said he hopes the city will become stronger after the tragic shooting, saying that he would like the town to follow the lead of Charleston, South Carolina after the shooting at Emmanuel AME Church in June.
“Our community can be equally as strong as the Charleston example. VOA (Center of Hope) will get stronger through this incident,” Broadhead said at a press conference.
Photo credit: Riverton Police Department via County 10