Tip leads to arrest of man who reportedly threatened to kill judge, prosecutors and officers

Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks addresses the media about the Crime Stoppers program and a citizen tip that led to the arrest of James Edward Wilson. Also pictured are (from left) GCSO Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett, Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir, Chickasha Police Chief Eddie Adamson, CPD Det. John Young and George Plummer, president of Grady County Crime Stoppers.

Thanks to a tip from a citizen, several law enforcement agencies apprehended a Chickasha man last night who threatened to kill a district judge, prosecutors and local law enforcement. District Attorney Jason Hicks and Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir called a press conference today to stress the importance of the Crime Stoppers program and provide details on the case.

Hicks said the tip lead to the arrest of James Edward "Eddie" Wilson, 48, of Chickasha, at his home around 9:30 p.m. yesterday. The apprehension came after a citizen heard Wilson threaten a district court judge, three prosectors and local law enforcement.

James Edward "Eddie" Wilson
"We took the threat as viable," Hicks said. "It was real and something we needed to take care of immediately. It was a tip from from a local citizen that led us to put the operation into effect and take him off the street."

On Sunday, Wilson's mother believed he was behaving irrationally and asked local law enforcement for a welfare check. When officers arrived, Wilson was reportedly standing behind the door with a Keltec .380. Hicks said Wilson's plan was to shoot any Chickasha officer that crossed the threshold into his house. The officers knocked, but no one answered.

Last night a search warrant was executed on the home by the Grady County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team. They made entry to the property while the perimeter was secured by the Chickasha Police Department and District Attorney's Task Force. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol also offered their assistance. Ammunition was found but the search turned up no weapons. Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir said the department's SRT team found Wilson in the back of the house in a recliner with a tape recorder that officers believed was recording.

"He had ... a flashlight up under his chin as if it was a firearm as if he was contemplating suicide," Weir said. "Deputies initially thought it was a gun and they kept him covered and were ordering him to get down. He raised the flashlight up and they could see the lens cover and gave him verbal orders. He finally set the flashlight down and they took him down."

He will be charged tomorrow with one count of threatening to perform an act of violence.

"Our request (for bond) will be very very high simply from the nature of the crime," Hicks said.

Wilson has a pending case from Feburary 2013 for reckless driving and driving under the influence in Grady County. He is set for a non jury trial in May for three counts of possession of marijuana, hashish and marijuana paste in Texas County, Oklahoma from Sept. 2012. He had a prior conviction for drugs in Grady County in 2001.

Hicks credited the tip to authorities with saving lives. He said the case perfectly dovetailed with the mission of Crime Stoppers.

"We used the information they gathered to take this individual out of the community and put him in the local jail where we can ensure nothing will be happening to any of the judges or the prosectors," Hicks said. "It is very important we have this program in place."

Since its inception around 30 years ago, Crime Stoppers tips have led to the recovery of $450,000 in stolen merchandise and 100 criminals have been arrested. Another notable arrest came with the apprehension of Keith Thornburg in October 2012 on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Thornburg had been on the run and thanks to Crime Stoppers, he was arrested in Kansas.

Crime Stoppers covers all of Grady County. To report criminal activity, call 405-224-TIPS or text CRIMES (274637). Start your message with the word CHICKTIP. Callers (and texters) will remain anonymous.

Chickasha Police Chief Eddie Adamson said the public is vital to fighting to crime.

"We know that crime in one place effects everyone, not by jurisdictional boundaries but by the commonalities we share," he said. "Our public is what makes the whole program. All these things together are truly a cooperative program working for the mutual good."