Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Little Rock, AR, 02/18/03
Thursday, May 1, 2003
Charles Leon Downen, owner of Downen Oil Co., was in his business
office one morning with his grandson (and employee), Charles Randall
Downen, when two men entered and asked to use the restroom. When the
men returned, one grabbed the elder Downen, put a gun to his head
and said, "This is a robbery." The business owner struggled with the
attacker, later identified as Troy Williams, to gain control of the
gun. It went off, striking Williams. His accomplice, Phillip
Williams, then ran from the store with Downen's grandson chasing
after him with a .45-cal. handgun. Sergeant Alan Quattlebaum of the
police department's homicide division reported that Phillip Williams
"had a rifle down the leg of his pants." Phillip Williams and the
younger Downen exchanged fire in the parking lot. When police
arrived, Downen's grandson was holding Phillip Williams at gunpoint
on the ground. Both suspects were pronounced dead. The Downens were
unharmed in the incident.
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