The intended target of Carolyn Wood’s semi-automatic pistol may be up for debate, but one undisputed fact is that it was shot in a public setting in broad daylight, in the backyard of her apartment off 18th Street.
Wood, 34, is now facing four felonies for aggravated assault and battery, charges carrying a combined 35 years in prison and $35,000 in fines.
Authorities responded to the apartment at 1702 18th St. on the report of a possible domestic dispute and gunshot fired at 2:36 p.m. Wednesday. Officers surrounded the apartment and Wood was taken into custody without incident.
According to Cody Police Detective Trapp Heydenberk, Wood shot her weapon roughly in the direction of her mother Leah Renaud, but missed her by about 30-60 feet. Wood’s 13-year-old son and grandmother were also nearby when she let off the round.
During her initial hearing on Friday morning, Wood claimed she had considered placing the gun to her own head but then attempted to direct it at the ground.
“I did not take a shot at anybody,” Wood yelled, sobbing. “I wouldn’t shoot anyone.”
Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters set her bond at $25,000 after the state had requested it be set at $50,000.
“She chose to bring a firearm to a dispute and take a shot at her mother,” Park County Deputy Prosecutor Jack Hatfield said. “I definitely believe she’s a serious public safety hazard.”
Hatfield said Wood has a history of documented mental health issues. A warrant had been put out for her arrest in February after she didn’t pay a ticket for an invalid driver’s license. She ended up paying the fine before authorities could arrest her.
According to Renaud, Wood became upset when her sister picked her son up from school because he was sick. The school had been unable to contact Wood.
Wood arrived at Renaud’s house, which is adjacent to Wood’s apartment, and began yelling and berating her mother and sister as they walked outside of the property. During this walk Renaud said Wood was waving the gun around and pointing at her and her son, as well as making threatening statements.
The dispute continued to escalate, leading up to the shot that was fired in Renaud’s general direction.
A bullet hole was found in a garage 30 feet to the west of where Renaud was standing when the shot was fired. An empty 9mm casing was found on the ground about 60 feet west of where Renaud was when the shot was fired.
Wood is also facing a misdemeanor for property damage.
The area around the apartment is densely residential, with two banks and a motel located nearby.
By 3 p.m. Wood was already apprehended, but police and deputies were still clearing the neighborhood. Before and after the arrest, numerous authorities had long rifles drawn.
“We just wanted to doublecheck to make sure things were safe,” Cody Police Chief Chuck Baker said.
By 4:15 p.m. Cody Police reported the scene had been cleared and rendered safe, according to a CPD release.
Multiple staff members at Big Horn Federal bank said they had heard a gunshot.
“It was loud, really scary,” said teller Brianna Melin.
Another staff member said it sounded as if their car had been hit.
“It did not sound like a firework,” said Annmarie Maslak.
Staff at the Carter Mountain Motel said they heard nothing.
There were at least 10 deputy and police squad cars on-hand.