Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Police Officer, Wife Arrested

A Fort Smith police officer and his wife were arrested late Tuesday and booked into the Sequoyah County Jail in Sallisaw on various charges. Officer Naaman Adcock, 40, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, reckless conduct with a firearm, feloniously pointing a firearm and child endangerment. His wife Tabitha, 31, was booked on charges of failure to protect a child, child endangerment, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and reckless conduct with a firearm. Adcock had a $24,000 bond and his wife was held on a $14,000 bond. Both bonded out at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday. It was reported Wednesday afternoon that Naaman Adcock resigned from the Fort Smith Police Department. According to the deputys' report, Tabitha Adcock's 12-year-old daughter alerted authorities to the shooting at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, when she ran to a neighbor's house to report a shooting in the Adcock's mobile home. The neighbor called police. When deputies were driving to the Adcock home, near the Liberty community northeast of Muldrow, they passed a SUV driven by Tabitha Adcock. According to investigators she told them that she and her husband were shooting tires in the yard, and nothing was amiss. Her two children were with her in the SUV and told investigators that Naaman Adcock had put a gun to the head of Tabitha Adcock's 5-year-old son and threatened to shoot him. Later Tabitha Adcock admitted her husband had held a gun to the child's head but said that "It wasn't loaded." Lockhart said when deputies talked to the children Tabitha Adcock interrupted, and it was obvious that she did not want the kids to tell what happened because Naaman Adcock would lose his job. Lockhart said that, "During domestic cases it's nothing unusual for the victims to protect the offender." When deputies arrived at the Adcock home they were greeted by Naaman Adcock with gun drawn. The report relates a deputy then drew his gun and ordered Adcock to drop his weapon. Adcock, according to the report said, "What? Oh really, are you going to shoot me?" Naaman Adcock later surrendered his weapon to a deputy, and told the deputies that he and his wife were in an argument and she left. That's when he began shooting holes in the walls of the mobile home. He admitted to deputies that he had been drinking. One of the children told investigators that Naaman Adcock had thrown the 5-year-old boy out the front door before grabbing him by the shirt and pointing the gun at his head. Lockhart said Tuesday evening that investigators determined that a disturbance had occurred and the wife was giving different stories and not wanting to cooperate. Through interviews with both Naaman and Tabitha Adcock and the two children, it was determined that "Both parties fired the weapon inside the residence while the children were in the house." Lockhart said the deputies throughout the investigation remained in contact with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the Fort Smith Police Department, keeping them aware of the investigation. Lockhart said Naaman Adcock was not arrested at the time of the incident because he was in his own home. The arrests followed the investigation and interrogations of all those involved later on Tuesday. On Tuesday morning deputies did confiscate the nine guns found in the Adcock home. The guns were turned over to the Fort Smith Police Department. Also on Tuesday morning, the Fort Smith Police Department put Naaman Adcock on administrative leave, with pay, while the investigation took place. Sequoyah County Undersheriff Roger Fuller said the incident report was turned over to the Sequoyah County District Attorney's office where formal charges will be decided upon. The two children were reported to be in the custody of relatives.

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