By Layne Lasseter & Max Cannon
Updated 12:25am CST, November 30th, 2012
The OSBI is renewing the reward offer of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the two men who shot an elderly Wagoner man and stole his weapons last Thanksgiving (11/24/11).
The Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI assistance with the shooting and attempted murder of 74-year-old Kenneth Payne (d.o.b. 7-26-1938) Thanksgiving morning, 2011. About 7:30, Payne was at the Fort Gibson Wildlife Management Area Shooting Range sighting in several of his guns when someone shot him multiple times and left him for dead. Payne was able to call a family member on his cell phone for help.
At least four guns were stolen from Payne was well as a gun caddy. Payne, who is retired from the Air Force, lived only a few miles away.
The OSBI is releasing a photograph of one of the stolen rifles — a rare Mitchell Black Lightning .22 magnum rifle. The picture is from the Mitchell ‘s Mausers website. Since this firearm is unique looking, investigators believe someone may recognize it and can lead officials to it.
Sketch one is that of possibly a Hispanic male in his late 50s with a light complexion. He stood approximately 5’9” tall and weighed about 160-165 pounds.
The second sketch is that of the second suspect who has dark curly hair that extends to the back of his shirt collar. He also stands approximately 5’ 9” tall and weighs about 160 pounds. This man is in his mid-to-late 30s.
Please remember, these sketches are only considered likenesses of the suspects.
If you have information on this case, please call the Reward Tip Line at 1-888-755-TIPS (8477).