Tahlequah Daily Press

September 10, 2013

Beggs police chief charged in attack on wife

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Prosecutors have filed formal charges against an Oklahoma police chief accused of holding a gun to his wife’s head and threatening her life at Lake Tenkiller.

Wesley Lowell Fish, 48, is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, feloniously pointing a firearm, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, and obstructing an officer.

Prosecutors allege Fish – the police chief of Beggs – held his wife, Stacy Fish, in a choke hold and pointed the gun at her head while threatening her on Sept. 1.

The obstruction charge alleges Wesley Fish later told the victim not to speak with police about what had occurred.

Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested Wesley Fish after witnesses reported the incident, and claimed he had also pointed a handgun at another camper.

When deputies made contact with Wesley Fish, he allegedly told them he was a police officer and defense instructor.

He also offered to walk the arrest officer, Deputy Jarrick Snyder, through the process.

According to Snyder’s arrest report, Wesley Fish told the deputy he had three knives in his possession.

When other deputies arrived, Wesley Fish allegedly asked for a supervisor and complained that his handcuffs were too tight.

Stacy Fish reportedly told deputies she and her husband had been fighting over “stupid stuff” while at the lake.

Deputies said they located a gun that matched the description of the firearm witnesses claimed Wesley Fish pointed at his wife.

After being booked into jail, Wesley Fish was given a $35,000 bond and released.