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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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