Michael Stout, 20, died Tuesday after a shootout with law enforcement officers who were investigating milk stolen from Walmart
A 20-year-old Arizona man has died after a shootout with law enforcement officers who were investigating milk stolen from Walmart.
Michael Stout was said to be alive and in hospital following the incident that took place around 6pm Monday but he passed away before 9.30am Tuesday morning, according to Fox 10 Phoenix.
The suspect reportedly opened fire on two officers in front of the store’s Garden Center near 79th and West Peoria Avenue as they confronted him about a shoplifting call they’d received.
When one of the officers got out of their car, Stout reportedly began shouting and pulled a handgun from the back of his waistband.
He fired multiple rounds which hit six areas of the vehicle, according to an image from the Peoria Police Department.
Some of the bullets went into the left door and headlights but law enforcement were unharmed.
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Stout was rushed to hospital following the incident that took place around 6pm Monday
He reportedly pulled a handgun from the back of his waistband and fired multiple rounds which hit six areas of the Peoria Police Department vehicle
After investigation law enforcement revealed the weapon used by the perpetrator was stolen
A back-up officer fired four rounds from inside their SUV reports AZFamily.com and Stout fell to the ground when one round hit him.
Stout was not licenced to own a gun.
Police provided medical assistance to the suspect before he was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The incident is said to have been recorded but the footage is currently unavailable.
‘Both officers involved in this incident were wearing and had activated their body worn cameras,’ Peoria Police Officer Brandon Sheffert stated.
Multiple law enforcement vehicles could be seen surrounding the Walmart branch as the roads were sealed off and closed for investigation Monday night.
Minimal details were shared about the suspect an hour after the incident but it later emerged the man was accused of stealing milk.
After investigation law enforcement revealed the weapon used by the perpetrator was stolen from car in a separate incident.
‘Detectives on scene recovered the handgun used by the suspect, which turned out to be a stolen gun from a vehicle burglary in Peoria, earlier in the morning,’ Sheffert added.
The suspect had been previously convicted of an aggravated assault felony according to the Department of Corrections.