Benjamin Delany jail mug

CHEYENNE – A former employee who allegedly walked into the Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Medical Center with a baseball bat and attacked two staff members Thursday has been identified.

Benjamin Delany, 23, of Cheyenne could face federal charges after his arrest for assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct.

The attack took place around 11:45 a.m. at the hospital’s community center.

According to the Laramie County Sheriff's Department booking sheet, Delany assaulted an employee using both a red and blue bat and a closed fist.

After the first employee subdued him, the report states, Delany then assaulted a medical doctor by striking him in the face using his fist.

The two staff members suffered minor injuries and were treated at the VA and released, according to Sam House, the VA's public information officer. House said both staff members returned to work Friday.

House confirmed that Delany is a former employee of the facility, but declined to release further information.

Cheyenne VA Police arrested Delany within minutes of the incident and transferred the man to the sheriff’s department after he underwent a CT scan and other treatment at the VA’s emergency room.

According to Capt. Linda Gesell, spokeswoman for the Laramie County Sheriff's Department, Delany is being held at the Laramie County jail pending transfer to the custody of federal marshals.

The community center entrance, which was closed after Thursday's incident, remains closed pending a security review, House said.

"We're taking a look at the entire security program," House said. "We're looking at potentially closing that entrance down. It's not handicapped-accessible. That is a historic entrance, so we're not able to modify it."

The local VA hospital has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2013.

Visitors can enter the facility through the emergency room or main hospital entrance.

The Cheyenne VA Medical Center, which opened on May 4, 1934, operates 22 general medical beds, 10 domiciliary beds and 42 beds in the community center.

The center's services are available to around 70,000 veterans living in southeast Wyoming, northeast Colorado and southwest Nebraska.

Steve Knight is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle's local government reporter. He can be reached at 307-633-3182 or sknight@wyomingnews.com.

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