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OK deputy has close call with murder suspect during arrest outside store

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John Kevin Rather Jr., and Robert Bugos. Image credit: Canadian County Jail.
John Kevin Rather Jr., and Robert Bugos. Image credit: Canadian County Jail.


A sheriff’s deputy unwittingly took a murder suspect into custody during a disturbance call outside an Oklahoma convenience store.

The Canadian County deputy had a close call with two suspects on April 10,  after he approached the  men inside their broken-down vehicle.

The driver was told to get out of the vehicle, but the deputy noticed that he pulled something out of the center console and stuffed it into his waistband. Turns out, it was illegal drugs.

As the deputy was placing that man under arrest he “heard a clicking noise coming from the passenger side of the vehicle, which he believed to be the cocking of a firearm.”

The officer pulled his weapon and ordered the passenger to get out of the vehicle.

After placing the second suspect in handcuffs, the deputy searched the vehicle and found “two loaded handguns, including a cocked 9mm high point semi-automatic that was found on the passenger’s side.”

The men were later identified as 28-year-old Robert Bugos and 35-year-old John Rather — who was wanted for murder in another county,  according to KFOR.

Police say Rather was charged in the deadly shooting of an Ottawa County man, back in January,  during an alleged robbery for drugs and money.

In this most recent case, he faces charges for possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Both men were booked into the Canadian County Jail.

As for the deputy involved, the Canadian County undersheriff said, “I have no doubt the clicking noise was the cocking of the passenger’s pistol, and had it not been for the mental awareness of our deputy he may very well have been shot.”

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