Rape suspect shot and killed by Muskogee County Sheriff's deputies

Thursday, December 2nd 2004, 1:16 pm
By: News On 6

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) -- A man accused of raping a 14-year-old girl is shot and killed by two Muskogee County sheriff's deputies who were trying to arrest him.

Muskogee County deputies Brandon Caster and Bentley McDonald were serving a warrant Wednesday for Wagoner County officials to arrest David Wayne Stockton.

When deputies arrived, Stockton was armed with a rifle. Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson says Stockton refused to put it down and struggled with officers.

Officials say Stockton was being sought on charges of second-degree rape and second-degree rape by instrumentation.

Pearson says he has turned the shooting investigation over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Caster and McDonald will be on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The district attorney will decide if the officers were justified in shooting Stockton.