Aug 1, 2016

Tourists reportedly injured at Cody Gunfighters' performance

Three tourists reportedly suffered minor injuries during a staged gun-fighting performance on Friday evening in downtown Cody.

The incident prompted Cody Police Chief Chuck Baker to temporarily suspend the Cody Gunfighters’ ability to discharge firearms in town; police continued to investigate what happened on Monday.

The Cody Gunfighters — generally volunteers — perform a nightly show Monday through Saturday, June through September, in the street in front of the Irma Hotel.

Cody Gunfighters Performance
The Cody Gunfighters stage a nightly show during the summer months. File photo courtesy The Irma Hotel
Cody police were called there around 6:30 p.m. Friday for a report of three people who “had been struck by some type of fragments from the Gunfighters’ show,” chief Baker said in a news release.

A 22-year-old man from New York was treated at the scene by a responding ambulance crew from West Park Hospital, the release said; two other people from Minnesota — a 37-year-old man and his 3-year-old daughter — went to West Park in a private vehicle, where they received treatment for minor injuries and were released, police said.

Responding officers “recovered evidence” and spoke with the victims, actors and other bystanders, Baker said.

“The prop weapons used (by the gunfighters) were inspected and taken as evidence,” he said, adding that everyone was cooperative.

Police logs say that, on Saturday morning, someone discovered that a raft at a nearby river rafting business had apparently been punctured in the incident, too.

The police department is asking anyone with with video or photos of Friday night’s performance to contact Detective Ron Parduba at 527-8727.

Baker said the case will be reviewed with the Park County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

It’s generally a violation of Cody’s municipal ordinances to discharge a firearm in the city, but the council grants special permission to the Cody Gunfighters each year.

At tonight’s (Tuesday’s) Cody City Council meeting, the council is scheduled to consider ratifying Baker’s decision to suspend the gunfighters’ ability to discharge firearms.

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