The parents of a young mother shot and killed in April by a multiagency task force are suing the Oklahoma City Police Department and several other law enforcement agencies involved in the incident.
Stacey Stout, 20, was shot to death April 9 near a motel in Oklahoma City after she and her boyfriend led police on a short chase. Her boyfriend, Christopher Stout, was also killed.
A task force consisting of officers from at least nine agencies was attempting to serve a warrant that day on Christopher Stout, 23, who had been arrested numerous times since 2011 for stealing, robbing a family associate with a paintball gun and repeatedly selling stolen property to pawnshops.
Police have not said whether the couple were armed or how many shots were fired.
The lawsuit filed by Lance and Barbre Stout, the parents of the dead woman, claims the officers involved in the shooting violated and failed to protect Stacey Stout's civil rights when they shot her to death.
The parents said they “are hesitant to engage in public comment,” but issued a statement to The Oklahoman on Tuesday claiming the lawsuit — filed July 19 in federal court — is about more than money.
“Despite our lack of access to all the information collected by those attempting to reconstruct the events surrounding our daughter's death, we have grave misgivings about the propriety and legality of the actions of the law enforcement officials responsible for taking her life,” the couple said in the statement, issued through an attorney.
“As such, we have filed an action in federal court in an attempt to come to know exactly what happened on the night of our daughter's death and to pursue justice on behalf of our daughter, whom we lost too soon, and on behalf of our granddaughter, who has lost more than can be easily reckoned.”
The shooting was investigated by the Oklahoma City Police Department, which has since forwarded a report to the Oklahoma County district attorney's office.
Capt. Dexter Nelson, an Oklahoma City Police Department spokesman, said he would not comment.
George Wright, a Shawnee attorney representing Lance and Barbre Stout in court, said he doesn't believe the young couple were armed when they were shot and killed. He said police have not officially told him one way or the other.