Marine motorcycle murder update: Turf war between Pagans, Outlaws led to deadly violence
UPDATE: Police have now confirmed what we suspected all along. The murder of a 33-year-old Oklahoma City Marine was “biker gang” related. According to a report by KOCO Daniel Aaron wasn’t the young, clean-cut Marine he was being portrayed as with a decade-old photo. He was now a member of the Pagans, a 1% motorcycle club. The four men now charged with his death are members of the Outlaws, a rival club. Police say violence between the two is not rare and the shoot-out was likely over turf.
A prospect of the Pagans was riding with Daniel when he was shot. He says the Outlaws members rode up beside Aaron and fired one shot, killing him. The prospect says he also fired, but didn’t think he hit anyone. But one of the Outlaws now arrested showed up to a hospital with a bullet wound.
Two of them are charged with the actual murder. Two others are charged with trying to hide the shooter from police as accessories after the fact.
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UPDATE: Four members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club have been arrested in the death of a Marine shot on his motorcycle in Oklahoma City. The press release however doesn’t say anything about the motive behind the shooting.
FULL POLICE PRESS RELEASE:
ARRESTS MADE IN MURDER INVESTIGATION OF MIDWEST CITY MARINEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOKLAHOMA CITY (December 22, 2021) – Today agents from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) made four arrests in the murder investigation of Daniel Aaron. Search warrants were served this morning on two residences that resulted in the arrests of Steven Roberts, 55, Virgil Nelson, 67, Larry Ramirez, 51, and Conner Buntz, 33. Roberts and Nelson were arrested for Murder in the First Degree. Ramirez and Buntz were arrested for Accessory After the Fact. All four are members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. Aaron, 33, was riding his motorcycle in the area of Highway 62 and 3300 Road near Harrah on September 12, 2021. He was shot while traveling east on Highway 62. Aaron was transported to the hospital in Midwest City where he died.Roberts was arrested during a traffic stop in Moore. Nelson was arrested during a traffic stop in Oklahoma City. Buntz and Ramirez were arrested at Buntz’s residence in Choctaw. All four were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Lincoln County Jail. Multiple agencies assisted with this investigation including the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Moore Police Department, Oklahoma City Police Department, District 21 Task Force, Attorney General’s Office, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the ATF. Suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.*** Booking photos of the four suspects are attached. ***
UPDATE: Surveillance pictures released in the murder investigation. Latest unedited press release:
NEW INFORMATION RELEASED IN MARINE HOMICIDE INVESTIGATIONFOR IMMEDIATE RELASE:December 14, 2021HARRAH, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is releasing new information related to the homicide of Marine Daniel Aaron. Surveillance images are attached that show the motorcyclists in the area at the time of Aaron’s murder. The OSBI would like to identify and speak to the individuals on the motorcycles. A $10,000 reward for information is being offered by the OSBI. Aaron was riding his motorcycle in the area of Highway 62 and 3300 Road on September 12, 2021. Aaron was shot while traveling east on Highway 62 near Harrah. He was transported to the hospital in Midwest City where he died. The OSBI is offering the reward to generate leads in the investigation. Any person providing valuable information that materially assists the investigation or provides information that leads to a suspect’s arrest and conviction is eligible for the reward. If you have any information about the murder of Aaron, please contact the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can remain anonymous.*** Surveillance pictures are attached. ***###