Ada Firefighter arrested after posting threatening comments on Facebook page

ADA, OK -- According to the official affidavit, Vincent Jason Smeltz, posted several comments on his facebook page directed towards Ada police officer, Brad Rhoads.

The comments say, quote:

"I want brad Rhoads head. I'm just getting started. I want your job Rhoads." [Sic]

and...

"Fire brad Rhoads." [Sic]

The affidavit say these comments, and many others, were posted following the arrest of Smeltz's wife, Laura, for public intoxication on April 24th.

It also states Smeltz arrived at the scene of the arrest to try to intervene and was asked to leave 21 times by officer Rhoads.

It says Smeltz followed Rhoads to the Pontotoc County Justice Center where he spoke to Sergeant Jason Potter about his wife's arrest.

Smeltz was arrested Tuesday for willfully using a computer system or network to put another person in fear of physical harm or death.

According to the affidavit, Rhoads says he was in fear of both.

It goes on to say Smeltz posted numerous comments on his facebook page following his wife's arrest up through April 28th -- regarding Rhoads and Potter.

In one post, Smeltz allegedly says, quote "ada pd do not park across the street from my house for your speed trap. I don't want to be associated with your corruption. Stay away or I'll push you down the street."

Ada Police and the District Attorney's office both declined to comment on Tuesday's arrest.

Ada Fire Chief Marion Harris says Smeltz is still employed with the fire department, but has temporarily been re-assigned to other clerical type jobs.

"The firefighter in question has been placed on dispatch duty assignment and that's just a precaution until we can figure out what's going on and determine the allegations," said Harris.

The Sheriff's office says Smeltz bonded out of jail Tuesday morning on a $5000 bond.


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