NICHOLS HILLS — A Nichols Hills physician was arrested on a murder complaint this morning in connection with the death of his 9-year-old son, officials said.
Stephen P. Wolf, 51, is being held without bail in the Oklahoma County jail, a jail spokeswoman said. Police Chief Richard Mask said Wolf's son Tommy, 9, died this morning shortly after officers responded to the Wolf residence near Pennsylvania Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.
"I can't perceive it happening anywhere anytime but it does and Nichols Hills is not that much different from any other community," Mask said. "I know that sounds strange, but people are people and everyone has their problems"
There were three 911 calls. The first 911 call came about 3:55 a.m. from a neighbor, Mask said. Two more calls placed by Mary M. Wolf, Stephen's wife and Tommy's mother, came from the Wolf residence soon after.
Responding officers found Tommy wounded inside the Wolf residence, 1715 Elmhurst Ave., Mask said. He was later pronounced dead.
Police found Stephen Wolf inside the home and disarmed him, Mask said. Police recovered a knife at the scene, but would not say how Tommy died.
Mary Wolf remained hospitalized late this morning with defensive puncture wounds to her hands and mouth, Mask said. Her wounds are not thought to be life-threatening.
"We found a weapon in the residence," Mask said. "It's also been recovered. It was a knife."
Investigators think an altercation started in Tommy's room soon before the first 911 call, Mask said. Mary Wolf was wounded trying to protect her son, Mask said.
Tommy was a third grader at Christ the King Catholic School, located about two blocks west of the Wolf home, and a Cub Scout in a pack associated with the school. A school spokeswoman said counseling is available to students, and school administrators and a priest were meeting with students this morning. She said the school would have no further comment.
Public records show Stephen Wolf is a licensed physician and owns the house with his wife. Stephen Wolf was a defendant in a settled medical negligence suit in Oklahoma County last year. Oklahoma Medical Board records show Wolf has never been disciplined for a job-related infraction.
Crime scene tape blocked off the house this morning and wrapped around a basketball hoop in the driveway to the porch of a house next door.
A neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, said she often saw the Wolf family gardening together and working outdoors. She also said the Wolfs recently had a large Halloween party and nothing seemed amiss with the family.
The neighbor described the family as "close" and the boy as "sweet."
A telephone answering service employee said Wolf's office at NW 63 and Santa Fe Avenue, which he shares with another physician, is closed today and scheduled to re-open Tuesday.
Online medical services directories list Wolf as an internal medicine specialist, and the state Medical Board lists him as a 1988 graduate of the University of Oklahoma's medical school.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation will aid local police, Mask said.
The incident is the second homicide in Nichols Hills this year. The first occurred one block east of the Wolf home in the 1600 block of Elmhurst Avenue on Sept. 7 when police Sgt. Joe Land fatally shot suspected burglar Dustin H. Edelin, 34.
Contributing: Staff Writers Robert Medley and Johnny Johnson