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2 arrested, police look for third suspect after shop owner shot in Kennett armed robbery

Antonio Brown (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Dept.) Antonio Brown (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Dept.)
Julius Lamon Jones (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Dept.) Julius Lamon Jones (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Dept.)
KENNETT, MO (KFVS) -

Two men are in custody and police are looking for a third suspect in an armed robbery in Kennett that sent at one person to the hospital with gunshot wounds.

The two suspects were identified as Antonio Brown, 36, of Joiner, Ark. and Julius Lamon Jones, 35, of Blytheville.

According to Capt. Tim Trowbridge with the Kennett Police Department, the robbery happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday at Curt's Grocery on Kennett Street.

Trowbridge said two men armed with pistols entered the store and demanded money.

Trowbridge reports when the store owner, Lee Sawyer, pulled out his own gun, both he and the alleged robbers began firing, and Sawyer was hit. The two gunmen got away in a car driven by another person.

Police located the getaway car at about 10:15 p.m. as they entered Arkansas off Interstate 55 along State Highway 150 and chased them across the Arkansas state line until the suspects crashed near Blytheville at about 10:20 p.m.

Arkansas State Police joined the chase along U.S. Highway 61, south of Yarbro in Mississippi County. During the chase, police say a Mississippi County patrol car was hit by gunfire coming from one of the suspects in the car.

No law enforcement officers were hit.

According to Arkansas State Police, Brown was driving the car and lost control. They say Brown and Jones then ran off in opposite directions. Brown was then taken into custody by state police and about one hour later Osceola police arrested Jones.

Brown and Jones both face charges in Mississippi County, Ar. They are charged with attempted capital murder and felony fleeing.

The store owner, Sawyer, was flown by medical helicopter to a Memphis hospital. Trowbridge reports he was stable and alert enough to talk with investigators. Family members said he was released form the hospital. He was shot in the knee cap so he cannot stand right now.

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