The man gunned down by law officers Tuesday night was a member of a group linked to crimes across multiple counties, the Pottawatomie County sheriff said.
In law enforcement circles in Payne and Pottawatomie counties, Christopher Lee Stout, 23, was known to target guns and jewelry in burglaries, authorities there said. Some of his family members and associates frequently rise to the top of the list as suspects in crimes such as burglary and theft.
Stout and his girlfriend Stacie Stout, 20, were shot to death after fleeing in a pickup as members of the U.S. Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve Christopher Stout with two felony burglary warrants out of Payne County, Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said. The confrontation occurred about 7:40 p.m. as the pair fled a southeast Oklahoma City motel, Nelson said.
Payne County authorities say break-ins believed to be tied to Stout followed a pattern.
“We'd had multiple break-ins with the same MO (modus operandi),” Payne County sheriff's Capt. Kevin Woodward said.
Guns and jewelry were taken, but other, oftentimes more valuable items, were left untouched, Woodward said.
“TVs, stereos, everything,” Woodward said. They walked past everything there for jewelry and guns.”
Guns are popular for criminals to resell at pawnshops, Woodward said. Criminals will melt jewelry and sell the nondescript nuggets at cash-for-gold businesses, he said.
At least seven lawmen opened fire on the pair after authorities attempted to stop the vehicle by crashing into it, according to police.
Christopher and Stacie Stout are not related but share the same last name, Nelson said.
Stacie Stout did not have a criminal record, Nelson said. A family member contacted by The Oklahoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.