Man Tells Officers To “Kill Him” During Standoff

A Rock Springs man was arrested this week after he was involved in a standoff with sheriff’s deputies. 48-year-old Charles Wilkening, who was wanted on a probation revocation bench warrant, was spotted by county detectives late Wednesday afternoon. Wilkening was stopped by a marked county unit, but he refused to get out of his vehicle and a standoff ensued.  During the standoff, Wilkening yelled obscenities at deputies and called upon them to “shoot him.”  Wilkening then got out of his vehicle and began walking towards the officers imploring them to shoot and kill him.  When he refused repeated orders to stop and go to the ground, a deputy shot him with a less-lethal “beanbag” round with a special shotgun.  After a scuffle, Wilkening was handcuffed and placed in a county patrol vehicle. His bond was set at $30,000. Pictured Charles Wilkening, photo courtesy of the Sweetwater County Detention Center, click to enlarge.

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