A portion of US-271 between Hugo and Grant, Oklahoma, was dedicated to fallen state trooper J.C. Magar. Trooper Magar was shot and killed in 1975 by a Texas motorist he was attempting to assist.
Trooper Magar was shot and killed after being abducted at gunpoint. He had stopped to assist a disabled motorist on US 271 and had given the couple a ride to the Hugo Police Department so they could call for assistance. While the man called for help Trooper Magar talked to the dispatcher about a call he had gone on earlier.
The man then came back into the police station, grabbed Trooper Magar’s weapon, and demanded a ride to the airport. As they approached his cruiser, Trooper Magar noticed several city and county officers standing at the corner of the building. As he attempted to run for cover, the suspect shot at him, striking him in his side. The suspect then ran across the street and committed suicide. They transported Trooper Magar to a local hospital, where he succumbed to injuries.