Tahlequah Daily Press

September 4, 2013

Official threatens wife with gun

Beggs police chief arrested in lake area

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested the Beggs police chief Sunday for allegedly holding a gun to his wife’s head and threatening to kill her in the Cookson area of Lake Tenkiller.

Wesley Lowell Fish, 48, was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center for domestic assault and battery with a deadly weapon, terroristic threats, assault with a deadly weapon, and feloniously pointing a firearm.

Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said Fish is the police chief in Beggs, a small town south of Tulsa and north of Okmulgee on U.S. Highway 75.

“[Deputy] Jarrick [Snyder] answered a call of a man holding a gun to a woman’s head at Cookson Bend park,” said Chennault.

Witnesses claimed the man – later identified as Wesley Fish – placed his wife into a choke hold while holding a gun to her head and threatening to kill her, according to an affidavit filed with the arrest. Authorities believe Wesley Fish was drunk at the time.

He also allegedly pointed the gun at a witness who had a cell phone, and told that witness to put the phone away when he believed the incident was being recorded.

Chennault said a park ranger kept his sights on Wesley Fish and his wife, Stacy Fish, as they left the park. Snyder arrived in the area and found the two stopped on a road.

“[Wesley Fish] told Jarrick, ‘I’m a police officer,’ ‘I’m a defense instructor,’ and, ‘I’m going to tell you how you need to do this,’” Chennault said. “Then he was yelling and screaming at his wife not to talk to anybody.”

Other deputies, along with authorities from the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, responded and assisted Snyder.

According to deputies, Stacy Fish said she and her husband had been in a fight and were arguing at the park, but according to Snyder, she stopped talking with deputies when she was told by her husband to do so.

Deputies later found a handgun that matched the description of the gun witnesses said Wesley Fish held to his wife’s head and pointed at another person. Authorities are trying to confirm to whom the gun belongs, Chennault said.

Wesley Fish was booked into jail and released on a $35,000 bond; Stacy Fish was booked into jail for driving under the influence and no driver’s license. She was later given a $2,500 bond and released, court records show.

City officials in Beggs said they would not comment on the arrest of the town’s police chief.