Yellowstone National Park worker killed in a shootout

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Just after midnight Thursday, Yellowstone’s 911 dispatch center received a report that a woman had been held against her will by a man with a gun in a residence in Canyon Village, according to a statement YNP authorities dispatched Tuesday afternoon.

Samson Lucas Bariah Fussner, 28, of Florida, was an employee of Xanterra Parks and Resorts, a private business providing contract services in Yellowstone.


Xanterra issued a statement Tuesday saying the company is deeply saddened by the incident and extends its heartfelt condolences to those impacted. The company is continuing to cooperate with the NPS and FBI, its statement says.

"The safety and well-being of our employees, guests, and the wider community are our top priorities, and we are committed to ensuring a safe environment for everyone," says the statement "We want to again thank the NPS law enforcement rangers for their incredible actions in resolving the situation."

Xanterra said it's providing counseling and support services to its Yellowstone employees along with NPS and is working diligently to bring all its facilities back to regular operations in the Canyon Lodge area.

"We thank our Xanterra employees who are working through these difficult issues and are serving our guests and our company in such a dedicated manner," says the statement. "Similarly, we thank all our guests for their kindness, patience, and understanding regarding their interactions with our employees as we continue to work through these events, and their travel disruptions."

The statement says a limited quantity of select rooms and most visitor services opened at Canyon Lodge on Tuesday. All remaining lodging (including the Western cabins, and the two of seven guest lodges) are scheduled to reopen Wednesday.

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