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Stillwater, Okla. — A Cushing man — on probation for kidnapping and severely beating his girlfriend two years ago — has been jailed on $300,000 total bail on allegations he attempted to kill a man by pointing a gun at his head and pulling the trigger on March 28.

The alleged victim, Kenneth Clark of Cushing, who was not shot, told Cushing Police Officer Matthew Piatt, “He dry-fired the gun on me, I swear to God,” according to court records.

The defendant, Nathan Alan Wright, 32, was charged Tuesday with assault with intent to kill, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing methamphetamine. He was ordered to appear in court Wednesday with an attorney.

Wright was arrested by the Cushing officer at West Broadway and Kings Highway at 7:30 p.m. on March 28 after police received a 911 call from 215 N. Wade Avenue “in reference to Nathan Wright threatening to shoot everyone,” Piatt wrote in an affidavit.

“As I turned onto West Broadway Avenue from West Cherry Street, I observed a maroon and black Blazer turn west from North Wade Avenue,” which Wright was driving, Piatt wrote in his affidavit.

“I saw a male subject hanging onto the passenger side of the vehicle as the vehicle continued to travel away from my location,” Piatt wrote in his affidavit.

After the officer activated his emergency lights, “The vehicle stopped at the posted stop sign located at Kings Highway and West Broadway Avenue,” the affidavit said.

“As I exited my patrol vehicle, the person who was hanging onto the side of the vehicle, which was later identified as Kenneth Clark, exited the side of the vehicle and began walking toward me,” the officer wrote in his affidavit.

“At the same time Wright exited his vehicle and was ordered back into his vehicle. Wright did not comply and was again ordered back into his vehicle,” the affidavit alleged.

“Clark began yelling, ‘he’s got a gun and put it to my head.’ Wright then turned away from me and placed his right hand in his waistband area,” the officer wrote in his affidavit.

“I approached Wright and began a pat search for weapons. Due to Wright pulling away from me, I placed him in investigative detention.

“Clark continued by saying, ‘He dry-fired the gun on me, I swear to God,'” the affidavit alleged.

“Wright then stated that there was a gun in the vehicle, but it wasn’t his,” the affidavit said.

Cushing Police Officer Bill McCarty retrieved a black Star 9 mm from the passenger side of the vehicle, the affidavit said.

When McCarty checked the weapon to render it safe, “he advised me that the firearm was loaded and had double fed the ammunition,” Piatt wrote in his affidavit.

“There were a total of eight rounds of 9 mm ammunition in the pistol,” the affidavit alleged.

Wright said “I’m not supposed to be around firearms,” the affidavit said.

“Wright stated he tried to get his buddy to remove the firearm, but his buddy wouldn’t,” the affidavit said.

“I asked Wright why he wasn’t supposed to be around firearms, and he replied because he was convicted of aggravated assault and kidnapping,” Piatt wrote in his affidavit.

“Wright stated he was told by Clark to come and talk to him like a man, so he drove to see Clark,” the affidavit alleged.

“At that time, I told Wright to stand up, so I could double-lock his handcuffs and Wright did. Wright then made a spontaneous statement,’I got dope in my pocket,'” Piatt alleged in his affidavit.

“I removed a black case containing a clear and yellow baggie with smiley faces on it containing a crystal substance, a small black box containing four small ziplock bags with blue print #1 also containing a crystal substance, one working taser with a Marlboro cigarette container made of hard plastic,” Piatt alleged in his affidavit.

“Wright stated, ‘He pulled a knife on me. That’s why I drove off,'” the affidavit alleged.

“I advised Wright he should remain silent until I read him Miranda at the police department,” Piatt wrote in his affidavit.

“Wright stated, ‘The only reason I went up there is because he called me and threatened to kill me,'” the affidavit alleged.

When the alleged victim was interviewed, he said Wright believed that Wright’s girlfriend was with him and Wright was very upset with them, the affidavit said.

The alleged victim said that his own sister got a phone call from Wright shortly before 7 p.m. that day and said that she needed to get her kids out of her house “because Clark stole his girlfriend and dope and he was going to ‘get him,'” the affidavit alleged.

“Clark stated Wright arrived with Tommy Overbeck, but he believed Overbeck was trying to keep the peace between them.

“Clark stated when Wright opened the center console, Overbeck exited the vehicle and immediately ran to (a 5-year-old child,) and yelled, ‘he’s got a f…… gun — get the kids away,'” the affidavit alleged.

“Clark stated Wright then began to drive away and he grabbed the driver’s door and Wright sped off with Clark holding onto the door.

“Clark stated he saw Wright had a black pistol in his right hand and pointed it at his forehead and pulled the trigger.

“Clark stated he heard the ‘click’ of the pistol and thought it dry-fired. Clark stated they continued driving southbound on Wade Avenue and he saw Wright re-chamber the pistol.

“Clark stated as they turned onto Broadway from Wade, he saw my patrol vehicle emergency lights and he told Wright, ‘there’s the cherries — you’re going to prison,'” the affidavit alleged.

“Clark stated Wright stated, ‘the f… I am’ and pointed the black pistol at his nose and pulled the trigger again.

“Clark stated he again heard it ‘click’ again as if the pistol dry-fired again. Clark stated he was in fear of his life and he held onto the vehicle to attempt to keep Wright from getting the firearm,” the affidavit alleged.

At the time of Wright’s arrest, he was on a 10-year probationary sentence for chasing his girlfriend, forcefully placing her in his car, holding a gun to her side, attempting to drive her to another location and severely beating her, all in Cushing in 2011, court records show.

Last year, Wright was given a 10-month jail term as part of his sentence, which included an order to have a mental health evaluation along with any recommended treatment, complete the Menders program, pay the cost of his incarceration and have no uninvited contact with his victim.

Wright also was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service and pay $1,007 restitution, along with $400 in fees, court records show.

If convicted of his new charges, Wright could be given a life prison term plus 20 years, according to court documents filed by First Assistant District Attorney Mike Kulling.



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