UPDATE: Suspect in fatal shooting identified as elementary school teacher

Published: May. 16, 2020 at 1:59 PM CDT
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The Laramie County Sheriff’s Department is identifying the deceased victim from a weekend shooting as 39-year-old Christopher Garcia of Cheyenne.

Garcia died from a single 9mm gunshot wound. The suspect is identified as 33-year-old Danelle Moyte, also of Cheyenne. Moyte has been charged with first-degree murder and is currently being held at the Laramie County Detention Center.

At the time of the incident, Garcia and Moyte were in a dating relationship and lived together at the residence where the incident occurred.

According to court documents, Moyte told deputies that she had been arguing with Garcia before she left the home with a friend. Garcia wasn't at the home after Moyte returned. She then locked the front and garage door so that Garcia couldn't enter the house when returned.

Court documents say that Garcia then entered through the back door before she allegedly told him to leave three times. He refused to leave, resulting her in getting a gun from the safe in the master bedroom, shooting Garcia in the chest.

In a release sent to media, Laramie County School District 1 said:

"At Laramie County School District 1 we are dealing with and responding to an act of violence. We extend our heartfelt sympathy and support to those who have been affected by this event.

We can confirm that at approximately 9:00 Saturday morning we learned one of our employees was taken into custody by the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department.

This person has been identified as Afflerbach Title I teacher Danelle Moyte.

The incident is related to allegations of second-degree homicide. [The charge has been amended by the Laramie County District Attorney's Office].

At the time she was taken into custody, the individual was at a personal residence.

An investigation is being conducted by the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department.

We have guidelines in place to respond to such events. At this time, the employee has been suspended with pay. We will wait for a thorough investigation to be conducted before taking any further actions.

Any questions about the individual involved should be directed to the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department.

As the case remains under investigation, we have no further information. We must respect that a person is considered innocent until proven guilty.

Social workers are available for students and staff needing additional social/emotional support."

ORIGINAL POST: On May 16 at 2:03 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the 2400 block of South 4th Avenue in Cheyenne for a report of a woman that had shot a man at that location. Upon arrival, deputies located an adult male inside the residence with a gunshot wound. The male was transported to the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

A person of interest was taken into custody pending further investigation. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending the notification to next of kin. The Sheriff’s Department is confident there is no further threat to the community. The case remains under investigation at this time and further information will be released on Monday, May 18, 2020.

*Editor's note 5/20/2020: This story has been updated to reflect that Moyte is facing a first-degree murder charge. A previous version reported second-degree murder.