Man tired of wife's 'nagging' arrested for threatening to shoot her

Man tired of wife's 'nagging' arrested for threatening to shoot her

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police arrested a Jonesboro man Monday night after they say he pulled out a shotgun and threatened to shoot his wife because he was tired of her "nagging."

Officers arrested 38-year-old Jerry Cook of Jonesboro on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening.

The threat, according to police, came as Cook was leaving his home in the 2600-block of Spring Creek.

The victim said she and Cook had been arguing all day Monday when he agreed to go to a friend's house.

At 9:30 p.m., as he and his friend were sitting in a truck in the driveway, the woman said Cook yelled at her to come outside.

When she approached the vehicle, she told police that's when Cook grabbed the shotgun and threatened her.

Cook's friend then grabbed the gun and took control of it, the report said.

Police arrived and arrested Cook. After reading him his Miranda rights, Officer Nathaniel Cole asked Cook if he had threatened to kill his wife and her children.

"He [Cook] stated that he said those things to get her to go back into the house because she was bothering/nagging him," Cole stated. "He also stated that he told her that she needed to get back into the house or [she] and the children were going to be shot."

Cole took Cook to the Craighead County Detention Center and left him to await a probable cause hearing.

Tuesday morning Cook appeared before a Craighead County District Court judge who found probable cause to charge him and set his bond at $1,500. The judge also ordered Cook to appear in circuit court on Jan. 31 and issued a no-contact order.

If found guilty, Cook could be sentenced up to 6 years in prison and fined as much as $10,000.

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