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Police chief arrested, accused of threatening to kill his wife and witnesses

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Updated: 9/04/2013 12:26 am Published: 9/04/2013 12:24 am

FOX23 has learned a Green Country police chief accused of putting his wife in a chokehold and putting his gun to her head was granted bond Tuesday.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office told FOX23 people at Cookson Bend Park Beggs Police Chief Wesley Fish had been drinking beer throughout the day before he got into a fight with his wife.

"He was holding her in a stranglehold with one arm and holding a gun to her hand with the other," said Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault describing what witnesses told investigators.

He says witnesses described Fish as being drunk, angry and violent on Sunday.

"He was threatening to kill her and other people who witnessed the incident," Chennault told FOX23's Dontaye Carter.

"When I looked down there it was a sea of lights," said Monte Brooks, who watched deputies take Fish into custody.

"Small town police chiefs have always been small town police chiefs," said Brooks. "There not always the most professional."

Fox23 reached out to the Beggs Police department. They declined to comment but Brooks wasn't surprised by the arrest.

"Police put on their pants the same way we do," he said.

"At the point he was a suspect in a crime and that's how he was treated. No favoritism was given to him. The victim isn't cooperating but we have enough without her to prosecute him," said Chennault.

Fish faces charges of terroristic threats, domestic assault with a deadly weapon and felonious pointing a gun. His wife faces DUI charges.

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