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Kalispel Tribe Police Chief arrested for domestic violence

CHATTAROY, Wash. - The Kalispel Tribe Police Chief was arrested after he allegedly attacked his wife early Saturday morning inside their Chattaroy home. 

James Wynecoop was arrested on 4th degree assault charges and booked into the Spokane County Jail. 

According to court documents obtained by KXLY, Wynecoop is accused of assaulting his wife after she refused to have sex with him and another man, described as a mutual friend. 

Wynecoop's wife told sheriff's deputies that after the friend arrived, she was asked to participate in a group sex encounter. She refused, and the friend left. Court documents show that Wynecoop became upset with his wife and the two got into an argument. That argument reportedly led to a fight in which Wynecoop grabbed his wife and threw her down on the garage floor, injuring her head. 

Wynecoop's wife accuses him of being drunk and out of control. She eventually ran outside and screamed for help, according to court documents. 

A sheriff's deputy discovered broken glass in the kitchen and blood smeared along the walls and counters throughout the home.

The Kalispel Tribe issued a statement about the incident Tuesday evening:

"Kalispel Tribal law enforcement officer James Wynecoop was arrested on December 2, 2017 for 4th Degree Assault-DV.  He was placed on administrative leave.  The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is handling the criminal investigation."
 


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