Edmond Assistant Fire Chief Accused Of Pointing Gun At Co-Worker

Wednesday, November 30th 2011, 2:06 pm
By: News 9

The Edmond Police Department is investigating an assistant fire chief who is accused of pointing a gun at another fire department employee and pretending to pull the trigger.

Edmond Police say on Thursday, October 6, an employee at the Edmond Fire Department called police and said he felt he had to report a "dangerous situation at Fire Station 5." The caller said another worker saw Chief of Fire Prevention Tim Wheeler pull a small caliber pistol from his back pocket and point it in the direction of a co-worker.

The caller said Wheeler then made a recoil movement with his arms as if he'd fired the weapon. Wheeler then reportedly said, "I'm always packing."

The caller also said Wheeler had pointed the gun at a different co-worker, but had asked that person to tell the fire chief it was a toy gun. The caller said he felt he had to report the incidents because he was concerned someone might get hurt, and he felt it was his duty to help keep firefighters safe.

The case is currently under investigation. An Edmond Police Department spokesperson says Wheeler is not cooperating with the investigation, has hired an attorney and refused to speak with police. 

Wheeler was placed on paid administrative leave in early October. He told News 9 he was surprised about the case against him and believed it was a "frivolous complaint" filed after he met with an employee about the employee's performance.

Wheeler has been with the department since 2001.

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