Park Rangers Fatally Shoot Man Alleged to Threaten Mass Shooting at National Park

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On July 4th in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, a 28-year-old man employed by a local business was shot and killed by park rangers after he allegedly threatened a mass shooting and initiated gunfire, officials reported on Tuesday.

The man, identified as Samson Lucas Bariah Fussner from Milton, Florida, reportedly fired a semi-automatic rifle toward a dining venue at Canyon Village where about 200 people were present early that morning, according to the National Park Service (NPS). This tragic event resulted in an exchange of gunfire during which Fussner was fatally shot by rangers while one ranger sustained a gunshot wound to a lower extremity.

The injured ranger was subsequently hospitalized in stable condition and has since been discharged. No further injuries were reported.

Fussner was associated with Xanterra Parks and Resorts, a private company operating within the park. In response to the incident, ABC News contacted the business seeking comments.

The situation escalated when, shortly after midnight on July 4th, the Yellowstone emergency dispatch received a distress call about a woman being forcibly held by a man armed with a gun at a residence within Canyon Village. The woman disclosed to the rangers that Fussner had threatened her life and spoke of plans to execute a mass shooting during the park’s Independence Day festivities.

Upon the alert, law enforcement rangers were dispatched strategically around the park. Fussner was spotted around 8 a.m. heading toward the Canyon Lodge’s service entrance while discharging his firearm, prompting the fatal confrontation.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken the reins of the ongoing investigation, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming reviewing the case. The involved rangers have been placed on paid administrative leave as per NPS policies pending the investigation.

Yellow couldstone’s Superintendent Cam Sholly praised the rangers for their courageous response, crediting them with preventing potential further tragedies. Efforts are underway to provide extensive support to all personnel and their families affected by this incident.

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