Cowley Co. man behind bars after domestic battery call leads to arson


A Cowley County man is behind bars after police officers responded to a domestic battery call in Arkansas City Wednesday night.

Officials say Jeffrey “JD” Strange, 35, had weapons on him and threatened responding officers to a standoff in the 900 block of S. 9th St. around 5:30 p.m.

While negotiations during the incident were underway, Strange went into a nearby commercial welding business, authorities say. 

Inside that business Strange started a fire. 

Strange then exited the business and was taken into custody by deputies with the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said he brandished a knife during the arrest so officers tased him. 

No one was injured during the incident. Fire officials were able to put out the fire in the welding business, but they believe the building is a total loss. 

Authorities did find a loaded firearm in Strange’s possession. He will likely face charges of domestic battery, arson, disorderly conduct and theft of a firearm. 

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