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Rogers County deputy arrested after alleged assault

Steven Rose, a court guard, was booked into the Mayes County Jail Sunday on an aggravated assault and battery complaint. (Mayes County Jail)

A Rogers County sheriff's deputy is out of a job and facing felony charges after allegedly beating a man in Mayes County.

Steven Rose, a Rogers County court guard, was booked into the Mayes County Jail Sunday on an aggravated assault and battery complaint.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Rose chased the victim down after the victim drove in front of Rose's home. Witnesses said Rose pulled in front of the victim's vehicle, opened the driver's side door and began hitting the victim, first with his fists and then with a coffee cup.

Loyd Altebaumer says he was driving nearby when he saw cars backed up and a commotion inside the victim's truck.

"You could see his arms flailing around, and you could see one guy is on top of the other, and just coming in and hitting him," said Altebaumer. "And then when I pulled over in the grass I saw him, you know, beating him in the face, and it looked like he had a coffee mug in his hand or something."

According to the affidavit, a witness heard Rose threaten to kill the victim the next time he drove in front of Rose's house.

Deputies interviewed another witness who Rose called after the incident, saying he hated the victim and he might need to be bonded out of jail. When Rose asked how bad the injuries were, the witness told deputies he laughed when she said they were bad.

"He was very injured," said Altebaumer. "His face was bloody, his shirt was all torn. It looked like he had broken his eye socket right here. It was really bad."

Investigators determined Rose had a history with the victim but didn't elaborate in the affidavit.

Rose was released from jail Monday on $1,000 bond.

Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton says Rose worked for his office but his employment is being terminated.

"We sent a representative from the sheriff's office over there," said Walton. "They retrieved his badge, his gun and right now he is being terminated."

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