SPOKANE, Wash. – The Chief of Police for the Kalispel Tribe of Indians is facing domestic violence charges after his wife accused him of assaulting her inside their home during a fight. According to court documents, James Wynecoop got into an argument with his wife, grabbed her, and threw her down onto the floor of their garage/man cave.
Documents said his wife hit her head when she was thrown to the ground. She told police Wynecoop was drunk and out of control. She said she had no choice, but to defend herself. Wynecoop’s wife told investigators she hit him in the head with a plastic toy.
Wynecoop’s wife told deputies the argument continued throughout the evening and said he was still “battering” her in the kitchen by hitting her on the head two hours after the argument began. Court records said his wife eventually ran outside and screamed for help.
When deputies arrived at their home, they reported seeing broken glass in the kitchen and blood smeared along the walls, counters, and throughout the house. When they questioned Wynecoop about what happened, he said “I don’t know” to nearly every question. When deputies asked him about the lump on his wife’s head, he responded, “it was combat,” but told deputies he did not remember hitting her or throwing her to the ground.
Wynecoop was booked into jail after his arrest on fourth degree assault charges, but has since been released.
KREM 2 reached out to the Kalispel Tribe of Indians for comment on Tuesday. On Wednesday, they said he had been placed on administrative leave and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation. They said per standard law enforcement protocol, Wynecoop is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal charge and an internal affairs investigation.
Wynecoop was slated to appear in court for an arraignment Tuesday morning, but the hearing was canceled because the case is being assigned to a different judge.