A Sallisaw man pleaded not guilty Sept. 23 to a felony count of being in possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, court records reveal.
Curtis Don Wilson, 39, faces up to 10 years in prison on the charge. His bond was set at $10,000 and his next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 2.
According to a police report, at about 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 18, a Sallisaw police officer responded to a residence in reference to a suspicious man who was seen in possession of a firearm.
The reporting party told police she saw a suspicious man named Curtis with a handgun at the residence across from her house. She further reported that the man was standing next to a black Ford pickup that had a white business logo on the driver’s door.
The officer approached the area and when he arrived at the intersection of Redwood and Ash he saw the pickup, which was facing west, backed into the driveway with a trailer hitched to it. The man was standing on the passenger’s side, opposite the officer, near the rear of the truck.
The police officer turned left and drove north on Ash, and as he was driving by, the man looked at him and quickly walked to the passenger’s door and opened it. Wilson then began to appear to try to flag down the officer.
Another officer gave Wilson commands to stop, raise his hands and allow police to pat him down for weapons, to which he complied.
Wilson admitted in an interview with police that there was a pistol in the pickup under the passenger’s front seat. He said he never had the pistol on him. An officer retrieved the weapon, which was still warm to the touch, as if it had been on Wilson’s person and not stored under the seat of a pickup. Wilson said the gun belonged to his son, which was kept in a wooden box, which was also found in the truck’s front seat. Wilson admitted that he was a convicted felon and he was subsequently placed under arrest and transferred to the Sallisaw Jail without further incident.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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