Florida Police Kill One Robbery Suspect, Wound Two Others
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Detectives doing surveillance after a string of robberies fatally shot one suspect and wounded two others as they fled a holdup, authorities said.
Officers opened fire on the three men Monday night when they refused orders to stop and drop their guns as they left an Auto Zone store carrying cash from the register and safe, said Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford.
Police have not released the name of the man killed. The wounded men, who were being treated for gunshot wounds at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, have been identified as Amos Rains, 24, and Clarence Whitfield, 56. The men, both from Jacksonville, were listed in stable condition Wednesday.
Both were charged with robbery and felony murder, which is filed when a death occurs while in commission of a felony.
Police said the auto parts store was in the process of closing about 9 p.m. Monday when the three men were seen entering the store carrying guns.
Police had been staking out stores in the area and believe the gunmen were responsible for about 18 holdups, Rutherford said.
Robbery detectives R.A. McClain and L.E. Kuczkowski and patrol officer M.L. Lundquist have been placed on administrative leave while the shootings are investigated.
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