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Vian man charged with possessing weapon illegally

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 - A Vian man was charged Sept. 13 with the possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction, according to court records.

John Wyatt McMahon, 42, faces up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted of the charge. In 2001, McMahon was convicted in Sequoyah County of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.

On Sept. 13, a Sequoyah County Sheriff's deputy was dispatched to the Love's convenience store in Vian to assist a Vian police officer who had been contacted by a Love's employee who said McMahon, her husband, was intoxicated and on his way to the store with a shotgun.

When the deputy arrived at the store, he spoke with the employee who said her husband was on his way from their residence north of Vian. She said she had been contacted by her mother who said McMahon had pointed a loaded shotgun at her and was now on his way to Love's.

McMahon's mother-in-law told officers that he had come into her house intoxicated asking where his wife was. When she told him she was at work, McMahon, who was holding a .12-gauge single-barrel shotgun, loaded a shell into the gun and pointed the firearm at her, saying, “Now it's dangerous, and I'm the devil.”

McMahon then walked out of the house saying he was going to his wife's work. He then fired two rounds outside before taking off in a blue Silverado.

Later that day, law enforcement learned that McMahon was seen changing a tire on the Silverado at an apartment complex in Vian. Just before 3 p.m., officers were able to detain him and retrieve the shotgun and ammunition from the pickup.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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