Man arrested after threats to law enforcement officers

Staff Writer
Garden City Telegram

Finney County Sheriff Department deputies responded to a man verbal assaulting an off-duty sheriff’s deputy at her residence at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 according to a Garden City Police Department release.

During the investigation, deputies learned the man, later identified at Jason Wood, 42, 2009 Center St., has gone to the residence and made erratic comments about the sheriff’s office. The off-duty deputy said Wood was angry and aggressive and tried to enter her residence. She was able to close the door, and Wood left the scene.

According to the release, Wood was located at 6:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of Crestway Drive by an on-duty Sheriff’s deputy in an unmarked vehicle. The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop and GCPD officers responded to the area to assist.

A short time later, Wood was found in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 3101 E. Kansas Ave., where he exited his vehicle and ran in to the store.

Witnesses and Walmart employees reports that Wood allegedly was making comments about harming officers of the GCPD and the FCSD the release said.

According to the release, Wood was heard by patrons and employees making alleged comments about getting a gun and shooting officers and deputies, and starting waling toward the sporting goods section of the business. Wood was prevented from retrieving a firearm by store employees and patrons. He was then taken in to custody by the Finney County Sheriff’s office.

Wood was arrested on charges of alleged assault and aggravated criminal threat and transported to the Finney County jail.

The case has been turned over to the Finney County Attorney’s office for further review.