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Gary Michael "Mike" Rogers II, 49

Born July 15, 1969

Died August 18, 2018

Rochelle Marie Thomas, 62

Born February 5, 1956

Died May 24, 2018

Hattie Coleman, 95

Born September 4, 1922

Died May 23, 2018

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Friday, May 25

Muskogee High School graduation
USS Runner Special Event

Saturday, May 26

David Cargill and John Simpson play

Sunday, May 27

Stevens Family at Cornerstone Church
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Friday, May 12, 2017, 9:18 AM

A Muskogee County deputy is lucky to have escaped with his life early this morning in a fight with two suspects, Sheriff Rob Frazier said just now.

The deputy, whose name is being withheld, noticed a suspicious, dark-colored Ford Expedition with no tags just east of Highway 62 on Wainwright Road around midnight, Frazier said. He called the incident in to dispatch, then started exiting his vehicle.

The driver of the Expedition, a black male around six feet tall with a distinctive scar or mark underneath one of his eyes, also exited his vehicle, despite the deputy’s commands to get back into his vehicle. The driver approached and confronted the deputy, initiating a fight. The deputy, who has been through CLEET and local self-defense training, struggled, and then a second black male joined the fight and the suspects gained the upper hand.

“At some point, he lost consciousness,” Frazier said. “We’re just lucky we’re not working a homicide. You have to make split decisions out there, and who knows? One of those guys could have taken his gun and shot him with it, or he might have pulled his gun and shot them. It’s a bad deal either way.”

The men left, traveling westbound in the Expedition, and the deputy was transported by Muskogee County EMS to Saint Francis Hospital, where he was treated for multiple abrasions and was released just a short time ago.

“You can tell he was in a fight,” Frazier said. “He’s beat up pretty bad. He’s a very good officer.”

If you have any information concerning this crime, contact the sheriff’s office by calling 911.

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