MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

September 21, 2013

Officer: Man shot up in front of me

Man arrested on complaint of meth possession

By Thad Ayers
Phoenix Staff Writer

— A Muskogee man allegedly injected methamphetamine in front of a police officer Thursday and is in jail on a drug possession complaint.

Justin Higgins, 22, was suspected of shoplifting at the Family Dollar at 2400 W. Okmulgee St., said Muskogee police.

Officer Michele Ogden said as she approached the store at about 2:45 p.m. a man ran and got into a red sport utility vehicle.

“There’s an employee standing (outside) smoking a cigarette,” Ogden said. “And he points at him.”

Higgins was sitting on the driver’s with his back to Ogden and appeared to be reaching into the passenger seat, she said.

Ogden said she told Higgins to turn around and grabbed his arm. Higgins turned around with a medical syringe in his hand, stabbed it into his arm and injected himself, Ogden said.

The officer had her gun out and ordered Higgins out of the vehicle. Higgins allegedly said he injected himself with methamphetamine to cover for his girlfriend, Ogden said.

Higgins was arrested on a complaint of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, drug paraphernalia possession and several warrants in Muskogee County.

Higgins is being held on $10,000 bond at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility

The girlfriend was suspected of shoplifting as well, but Ogden said nothing was found on her.

Reach Thad Ayers at (918) 684-2903 or tayers@muskogeephoenix.com.