Jeweler Wounded, Alleged Robber Killed in Gun Battle

The owner of a Chandler, Ariz., jewelry store was shot in the face and an alleged robber was killed Saturday night in a gun battle that erupted during an attempted robbery, according to media reports.

The deceased suspect is identified as Kevin Murray, 46, of El Mirage, according to media reports.

A second suspect was captured following a police chase. The suspect’s name is Kenneth Wayne Simpson, 27, Jr., of Phoenix. He was charged with possession of a firearm as a prohibited possessor, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, and first-degree murder, and is in custody.

The owner, his wife, and adult son were in the store when the two men walked in and attempted to rob Christopher Diamonds, the Chandler Police Department told local media.

The owner, who was not identified, was sent to a local hospital and is expected to recover, according to media reports.

The incident began about 6:45 p.m., when two armed men entered the jewelry store with the intent to rob the store, police told local media. A gun battle ensued.

Murray fled and drove off in a stolen truck while Simpson fled on foot. Murray and the truck were spotted on a local highway and he was captured, according to media reports. He later dies from his wound.

A K-9 officer was able to track Simpson down and police arrested him about 8:15 p.m.

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