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Police identify two men killed in convenience store robbery attempt

Police identify two men killed in convenience store robbery attempt

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A Tulsa man seven months shy of ending his probation for a prior larceny conviction is one of two men identified by police as being shot by a store clerk during a failed robbery attempt Tuesday night.

Brian L. Powell, 27, was killed after a clerk at Ryan's convenience store, 9948 E. 21st St., pulled out a handgun and fired as a group of men allegedly entered the store to rob it, police said. 

The other man killed in the alleged robbery was identified as 16-year-old Kevin Dobbs.

Police also announced the arrest of two men, 20-year-old Lakeit Thompson and 17-year-old George K. Williamson, in connection with the botched robbery attempt, as well as "other robberies."

Thompson was being held Tuesday morning on six counts of robbery with a firearm, as well as two counts of attempted robbery, two counts of felony murder and a number of traffic complaints.

The "felony murder" designation allows police to hold a suspect responsible for any death that occurred while he was in the commission of a felony.

Williamson was jailed on two counts of second-degree murder, one count of attempted robbery and two counts of armed robbery.

Thompson is held on bond totaling $550,000, according to his booking sheet. Williamson is being held on bonds totaling $300,000.

According to his arrest report, Thompson has been connected by police to eight separate robberies, the first of which happened Dec. 7. The circumstances behind each robbery were the same — multiple suspects armed with weapons entering a store and leaving with money.

Williamson was connected to three alleged robberies, according to his arrest report. 

Tulsa Police Sgt. Tim Means said police received the armed robbery call around 10:30 p.m. and that officers arrived at Ryan's Convenience to find that two men had been shot.

Powell, who was wearing a mask, died at the scene, and Dobbs was taken by ambulance to St. John Medical Center, where he later died, police said.

Means said a third person involved in the robbery attempt at the store ran away after the shootings.

The men arrived at the store in a Toyota Sequoia, which was still in the parking lot after the shootings.

Police recovered two handguns believed to be used in the robbery and a semi-automatic pistol the clerk used in the shooting, Sgt. Dave Walker said in a statement.

The clerk, who was not harmed, was questioned by investigators and released by police.

Witnesses interviewed by police at the scene corroborated the clerk's account of the attempted robbery and the shooting that followed, police said. 

The case is expected to be reviewed by the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office, Walker said. 

Dylan Goforth 918-581-8451


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