(WFXR) — Less than a year after he was released on parole in connection with the deadly shooting of a southwest Virginia deputy nearly three decades ago, Christopher Wheeler is once again behind bars following an incident in northern Oklahoma.
On Dec. 6, 1994, Wythe County Deputy Cliff Dicker was serving a warrant on Wheeler, who reportedly shot Dicker; took the deputy’s gun; and shot him a second time, killing him.
Wheeler was only 15 at the time of the shooting, but he was still tried as an adult and sentenced to 43 years in prison. However, he was released on early parole in August 2021.
Capt. Kevin Jeffries with the Ponca City Police Department in Oklahoma says community members reported seeing Wheeler, now 42, showing off a gun inside a restaurant and bragging about being a “cop killer.”
When Ponca City officers arrived at the scene, Wheeler tried to stash the gun in a car, but police found the gun and arrested him on Sunday, June 12, according to Jeffries.
The Ponca City Police captain tells WFXR News that Oklahoma has a violent offender act ruling that anyone who commits a violent offense has to register with the state. Therefore, when Wheeler moved to Oklahoma after he was released from prison in Virginia — reportedly because he has family living in the Sooner State — police were aware of it.
“I was contacted by the family once he was arrested and have been speaking with the proper authorities about the process once he returns to our custody,” Wythe County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Jones posted on Facebook on Tuesday, June 14. “I will be demanding that he serve every possible day he can.”
According to authorities, Wheeler is being held on a $150,000 bond in the Kay County Detention Center for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.