Police arrested a man last week they say threatened to kill an investigator with the Bryan County District Attorney’s Office.
Rickey Shawn Buchanan, 36, Durant, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor threatening to perform an act of violence and also misdemeanor resisting an officer.
According to Durant Police reports released Friday, officers were dispatched Tuesday afternoon to a counseling center in the 200 block of West Cedar Street due to Buchanan stating the he had a gun and wanted to be done with it all.
Buchanan already had left the scene, but officers found him at his residence in the 100 block of Northeast Fifth Avenue. Buchanan, according to a report by Officer Brandon Carbaugh, said he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and that his probation officer would not let him leave the state to go to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Bonham, Texas. He also said he lost his job with the military because of District Attorney Investigator David Cathey, and that he would like to see him hang, the report stated.
Officers told Buchanan they would speak to his counselor about him. Carbaugh and Officer Nicholas Spencer went to the counseling office where they were told Buchanan was not restricted from seeking treatment in Texas, according to the report, and that he should not attend the local office’s counseling session that evening.
The officers went back to his residence but he was not there. Spencer contacted Buchanan by phone and he agreed to meet with officers in a parking lot at North Seventh Avenue and Beech Street.
Buchanan, according to police reports, became angrier, threatening to drive his truck through the building where the counseling session was scheduled. He then spoke about Cathey again and reportedly said, “I can get to him from a thousand yards away.” When Spencer asked how, Buchanan said with a .308-caliber rifle, the report stated.
Lt. Brock Jones came to the scene, and police decided to arrest Buchanan due to the threats he had made, the report stated.
Carbaugh approached the driver-side door of Buchanan’s truck and told him to exit the vehicle. According to police, he did not comply, so Spencer grabbed his left arm and attempted to pull him through the open window. Lt. Jones then entered through the passenger door and the truck traveled approximately 10 feet toward Spencer’s patrol car before Jones was able to put it back in park.
Carbaugh then squirted Buchanan in the face with pepper spray, according to the report, and officers removed Buchanan from the truck and placed him in handcuffs.
He was booked into jail after being decontaminated of pepper spray at the hospital.
Carbaugh wrote in his report that Buchanan made threats in the past, not only to officers but others also.
“It is my belief that if Buchanan is not dealt with accordingly that his aggression and continuous threats such as the statement he made towards taking the life of District Attorney Investigator David Cathey will be carried out by Buchanan,” Carbaugh wrote.
According to court records, Buchanan has prior convictions for assault and battery with a deadly weapon, feloniously pointing a firearm, possession of a firearm after felony conviction and unlawful disposal of encumbered property. He has a competency hearing scheduled Sept. 2 for the latest charges.