Former Shot-Putter David Laut Shot Dead At Oxnard Home

August 30th, 2009 - 6:48 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
48931555Bronze medalist for U.S.(1984 Olympics L.A.) David Laut met his unfortunate death at the hands of two usurpers who confronted him outside his Oxnard home in California on early Friday. He was 52.

Laut was discovered dead in his yard where he lay after being lethally wounded on the head by gunshots.Jane, wife of David Laut mentioned to authorities that she had heard her husband encountering the intruders and saying, “What the hell are you doing here?” following which she heard the gunshots.

Oxnard police Sgt. Ron Whitney revealed to sources that they had not made any arrests and had no suspects.

The shot-putter had been expected to win the gold at the 1984 Olympics, after faring a 70 feet 10 inches throw at the event. In 1985 he as ranked the 7th best shot-putter on the international platform,and the No.1 American. The following year he accidentally ended up tearing tendons in both legs after performing at an agility test. In 1988, he tried to get back at his position and failed to do so throwing only 66 feet and 8 3/4 inches at the Olympics.

60 miles northwest of L.A., in Ventura County the sportsman went through disciplined and thorough practice sessions and maintained a low-profile.

Carter Laurie’s wife, a neighbor of Laut said she heard gunshots on Friday midnight, but their family disposed of their suspicions taking it for the sound of firecrackers until the arrival of police at the crime scene. Laurie said that she as honored to have known the victim, who was”a local boy who did well and came back to share his talents with the community.”

Chet Thomas said, “I never knew he was a medalist until someone told me.”

Laut was working as an athletic director at Hueneme High School.

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