James Hill

A deputy with Rogers County Sheriff’s Office says he was lending a hand to another agency, in transporting a subject during a search warrant, when he found himself in a life-threatening situation.

Rogers County court records show Cpl. John Haning was assisting Verdigris Police Department with a search warrant on 540 Road.

“After we cleared the residence, I asked VPD if they needed me to transport James Hill to the Rogers County Jail while they wrapped up the search warrant,” Haning reported.

Prior to transport, he reports finding several bullets and a glass pipe in Hill’s pocket, according to Haning’s report.

The two were traveling down Hwy. 66 en route to the jail when “he leaped over to my side of the patrol car and struck me on my arm, grabbing my firearm and unsecured the first safety lever and had just unlocked the firearm from my holster and was pulling it out when I grabbed his hand and pushed the firearm back into my holster.”

The deputy reports that while they were struggling for control of the firearm Hill was yelling “I’m going to kill you” over and over.

Haning said he was ultimately able to stop the vehicle and radio for assistance.

“I continued to fight with Mr. Hill for my firearm and I was in fear of my life that he was trying to kill me,” Haning said, adding that he then deployed his taser and Hill yelled “I give up.”

Rogers County court records show that between the search warrant and the altercation with Cpl. Haning, Hill is facing charges of: assault and battery with intent to kill, possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, trafficking in illegal drugs within 2,000 feet of a school, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute within 2,000 feet of a school (x2), possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.