One dead in Yellowstone after gunfire exchange with law enforcement rangers

A gunfire exchange near Canyon Village in West Yellowstone between an individual and Yellowstone rangers has left a ranger injured and one person dead.
(National Park Service)

by | Jul 4, 2024 | News

A person is dead after a gunfire exchange with law enforcement rangers in Yellowstone National Park on July 4. The park says there are no active threats to the public.

One officer was injured but is in stable condition and is being treated at a nearby regional hospital, according to a park press release Thursday. 

The encounter started late Wednesday night through the morning of July 4. Later Wednesday, rangers responded to a report of an individual with a firearm making threats in Canyon Village. When the rangers tried to contact the individual, there was an exchange of gunfire between the officers and the individual.

Yellowstone is not releasing the name of the deceased at this time. An area around the Canyon Lodge complex remained closed on Thursday. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is leading an investigation with support from National Park Service special agents. 

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