The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville
A 23-year-old man who died after shooting himself during a Wednesday night police chase in St. Johns County had a restraining order against him from one of two women found shot to death earlier at their Lantana home, according to the Palm Beach Post.
The injunction had been filed against him by one sister after incidents against her younger sibling that included a threat to “kill anyone who files a restraining order,” The Post said.
Palm Beach officials have identified him as Anthony Ashan Stoutt, who crashed as St. Johns County deputies tried to halt his flight on northbound Interstate 95.
St. Johns County had received an alert out of Palm Beach to look for Stoutt, facing two new warrants out for murder, in a white Honda coupe. They spotted it on I-95 near Florida 207 and gave chase, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Chuck Mulligan said.
“The driver refused to stop and began to flee from the area,” Mulligan said. “Deputies ahead of him deployed stop sticks. The subject drove around them and struck a guardrail, which brought it to a stop. Deputies approached the vehicle and found the subject already sustained what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
The case began about 9 a.m. Wednesday with the discovery of two dead women in a home on the 7900 block of Overlook Road in Lantana, Palm Beach officials said. Neighbors reported hearing gunfire and screaming from the home, The Post reported. The Sheriff’s Office did not identify the dead women due to privacy laws, but both were listed in Thursday’s online Palm Beach County Medical Examiner database.
Palm Beach officials sent out a Wednesday alert listing a car and license plate believed connected to the sisters’ murders, saying Stoutt was known to both victims. It was spotted just before 6:30 p.m. heading north on I-95 near Florida 207, and the tire-deflating stop sticks thrown in his path, Mulligan said.
“He swerved in order to avoid them, which is what put him into the guardrail,” Mulligan said.
Stoutt was airlifted to Orange Park Medical Center, but later died, Mulligan said.
According to The Post, the 20-year-old homicide victim had sought protection for her 19-year-old sister in September , writing that she was in fear “for my safety” because the boyfriend said he would kill anyone who filed one. Stoutt was also on probation following the 2018 beating of a different girlfriend, jailed in December for violating that probation, The Post said. He got out July 3.
On Wednesday, the girls’ 48-year-old mother told The Post she could not yet speak about her loss. Other family members also said they were too distraught to talk.
Interstate 95 northbound just north of Florida 207 was shut down for part of Wednesday night as multiple agencies investigated the incident, Mulligan said. Those included investigators from Palm Beach County
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