Casper standoff suspect identified

Fort Laramie Street crime scene

Local and state police investigate the area near Fort Laramie Street in Glenrock where Eads allegedly abandoned one stolen vehicle before fleeing to Casper.

By: 
Ethan Brogan (ethan@glenrockind.com)

A standoff at Dayton Transmission in Casper shut down I-25 for 4 hours Saturday night until after 2 a.m. Sunday morning

Christopher J. Eads, 34, was arrested Sunday morning by Casper police officers after a several hour standoff following a spree of multiple serious crimes in Casper and Glenrock. 

"Get my mom here, OK, let me say goodbye to her," a distraught voice, believed that to be of Eads, echoed across police radios. 

According to court documents reported in the Casper Star Tribune, Eads was suspect as a "major distributor" of heroin and methamphetamine. Eads was suspected to have made multiple trips trafficking heroin and methamphetamine out of Denver with the intent to sell in Casper, according to officers with the  Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.. The Casper Star Tribune reported confidential sources had informed law enforcement of purchases of heroin and methamphetamine from Eads in April and May earlier this year.  

Law enforcement believes Eads' girlfriend, Santana G. Keener, 25, helped with the transportation of drugs. Keener was arrested in Glenrock and processed through the Converse County Sheriff's Office. 

DCI agents allegedly had Eads' residence, along the 900 block of South Melrose in Casper, under surveillance prior to the chase. An undercover effort to purchase a "large quantity" of heroin and methamphetamine was deemed conducted by the DCI. 

Before the standoff in Casper, Eads and Keener allegedly led police on a high-speed chase from Casper to Glenrock, where they abandonment of their dark green Toyota Sequoia. The vehicle had a tracking device placed on it by investigators, the Casper Star Tribune quoted court documents.

After ditching their vehicle, Eads and Keener allegedly engaged in "multiple serious crimes, including narcotics violations, assaults on law enforcement officers, robbery, burglary and aggravated assault," according to a release from the DCI. In Glenrock, Eads and Keener allegedly stole a 2008 Silver Chevrolet Equinox. Later, the couple disposed of the vehicle after getting it stuck in a cement drainage runoff adjacent to Fort Laramie Street, according to various sources. Gunfire was exchanged between police and suspects but no injuries were reported, according to DCI.

At 10:28 p.m. Saturday law enforcement reported a missing K-9 unit police car. Glenrock police then warned Casper law enforcement to be on the look-out for the car. At 10:30 p.m. law enforcement reported spotting the missing vehicle at mile marker 181 on I-25. At 10:36 p.m. a crash was reported at Dayton Transmission by mile marker 186. 

The standoff then ended at about 2 a.m.

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