A Muskogee County deputy pulled over a driver just outside of Fort Gibson today and found something extra, according to the sheriff’s office.
The man, who is a convicted felon, had a firearm in the car, Chief Deputy Michael Mahan said. The deputy arrested the man, and while he was inventorying the car, found what looked to be an improvised explosive device. The sheriff immediately called the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s bomb squad, while deputies and Fort Gibson police directed traffic away from the vehicle.
The device was confirmed to be an explosive device, and law enforcement officials are interviewing the suspect, whose name has not yet been released.
Mahan released the following information on the case:
On 1-8-20 at approximately 11:10 a.m., Deputy D.J. Masterson with the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle due to the driver not wearing his seatbelt. The stop took place on HWY 62 between Muskogee and Ft. Gibson. Deputy Masterson observed a firearm in the vehicle and subsequently arrested the driver for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Deputy Masterson then began a routine inventory of the vehicle and called for a tow truck. While conducting the inventory, Deputy Masterson located a small cylindrical object with a pull pin resembling an explosive device. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Squad responded to the scene and secured the device.
The device was determined to be a legitimate explosive device. The driver, identified as John Leroy Pruitt III, DOB 4-18-77, Braggs, OK resident, was placed under arrest and faces the following charges:
- Possession of an explosive device
- Possession of a firearm after former felony conviction
- Possession of a controlled, dangerous substance
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
This is an ongoing investigation in cooperation with the ATF.