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Presence of Armed Citizen Prevented More Death Says Oklahoma County Sheriff


The other woman survived, her attacker having been stopped by a citizen carrying a concealed handgun. Without the weapon, Traci Johnson might be laying in the morgue instead of recovering at the same hospital where her attacker is being treated today.

Mark Vaughan is the COO of Vaughan foods, the business where the attack took place. He is also a reserve Sheriff's deputy and was carrying a concealed handgun on the premises at the time. Vaughan shot the assailant multiple times, severely injuring him and stopping him as he was in the process of stabbing his second victim.

Truth Revolt spoke with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department and confirmed that Vaughan has been a reserve officer with the department since 2010. Vaughan's license to carry is part of his reserve commission. However, reserve deputies are not issued service weapons. The weapon used to save Traci Johnson's life was a personal handgun, purchased an owned privately, and carried by employee of the company where the assault occurred.

It is not yet known if Vaughan had a private license to carry prior to joining the Sheriff's Department. Police confirm, though, that he was not acting in his capacity as a deputy at the time of the murder and assault.

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