, Muskogee, OK

January 23, 2013

Police probe man’s death

John Wier died after fight at apartment complex

By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Muskogee police are investigating the death of a man who collapsed and died following an altercation at an apartment complex.

Muskogee Police Department Lt. Bobby Lee said John Wier, 47, died late Sunday after a fight outside an apartment complex. Officers, Lee said, responded to the fight call at 3731 Club Estates Drive and found Wier unresponsive in the parking lot. Officers attempted to resuscitate Wier, who was eventually taken to EASTAR Health System where he was pronounced dead.

Lee said investigators have interviewed, and in some cases, re-interviewed, everyone they believe was involved in the fight, including the subject Wier was allegedly fighting when he stopped breathing and collapsed.

No arrests have been made in Wier’s death. Lee said Wier’s body is with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, who police hope will shed some light on the circumstances surrounding the mysterious death.

“It’s just a bad deal all around,” Lee said.

Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service spokeswoman Rebecca Smith said she had occasionally worked with Wier, who was a nurse at EASTAR Health System.

“He was always really patient and focused,” Smith said. “He was a really talented nurse.”

Smith said Wier would sometimes assist with sexual assault exams, where his patience and professionalism would shine through.

“He would really put people at ease,” Smith said. “Those are difficult, stressful times, and he was good with people.”

Lizzy Hood worked with Wier in the emergency room for six years.

“My brothers and sisters in that ER, along with those affiliated with MCEMS, (Muskogee Police Department) and (the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office,) suffered a terrible loss when we lost John,” Hood said. “Like any close-knit family, we have pulled together to make it through this tragedy.

“He was an incredible man and will be remembered as such.”

Funeral services for Wier are set for 2 p.m. Friday at First Assembly of God church in Stigler, under the direction of King-Shearwood Funeral Home of Stigler.  

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