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Suspected drugs found after city employee was arrested

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LAWTON, Okla._A Lawton city worker who was arrested on the job Thursday morning is the same man who police say they shot last summer in an unrelated incident.

Randal Ruth was arrested by authorities at the City of Lawton’s Solid Waste Collection Division after a warrant was issued for his arrest for failing to appear in court. He was taken to the city jail and searched by a correctional officer who found a straw containing a white substance along with a baggie of what appeared to be meth. Ruth then reportedly pushed the officer and swallowed the baggie before other officers arrived and put him in handcuffs. Upon further search, officers found a second baggie containing a white substance in his pocket. He is facing drug charges and assault and battery.

Ruth was shot by police last July when he pointed a pistol at officers responding to a hang-up call.

No word on when he was hired by the city.


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