Court date set for convicted cop killer

July 14, 2022 | Courts|Featured

NEWKIRK – A status docket is set in Kay County District Court for Christopher Shaun Wheeler, 43, of Ponca City.

Wheeler was arrested by Ponca City police on June 10 at J.W. Cobbs after receiving a report of a male subject with a firearm and bragging about killing a deputy.

Wheeler was convicted in 1996 of shooting and killing Wythe County, Virginia deputy Cliff Dicker.

Wheeler was 15 at the time. (see story) He was convicted of the murder and sentenced to 43 years in prison but was released in 2021.

Officer Jacob Hopkins reports that he responded to the call at 10 p.m. and observed Wheeler’s vehicle in the parking lot with a window rolled down and a firearm containing four live bullets in the front passenger seat.

Wheeler approached the officer and told him the vehicle belongs to his wife.

Hopkins reports that he did a pat down on Wheeler and located a holster that appeared to fit the firearm that was inside the vehicle. Wheeler was detained and Hopkins went inside the restaurant and made contact with Sabrina Garza, who is reportedly Wheeler’s girlfriend.

Garza reportedly told the officer that the firearm is hers and that she purchased the vehicle for Wheeler.

An employee reportedly told police that Wheeler had been walking around the restaurant with the holster and gun on his hip bragging about killing a deputy.

Wheeler was arrested and later charged with a felony count of possession of a firearm after conviction and during probation.

Judge David Wilkie set bond at $150,000. Attorney Thomas Griesedieck is appointed to represent Wheeler.

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