4 Teens Arrested After Okmulgee Convenience Store Clerk Is Shot During Robbery

Wednesday, January 9th 2013, 11:43 am
By: News On 6

An Okmulgee convenience store clerk was shot multiple times early Wednesday, according to Okmulgee police.

Police Chief Joe Prentice said one of his officers came to the store around 2:45 a.m. to get something to drink, when the clerk ran outside and told him he had been shot. The patrol officer had just missed the robbery.

"I would estimate a minute, maybe a minute and-a-half, after they exited the store the officer pulled into the lot," Prentice said.

Police said four males robbed the Kum-N-Go at 4th Street and Kern Avenue.

Prentice said two of the four males had handguns when they entered the store and one of them physically attacked the clerk and then shot him several times.

"I did not view the wounds personally, but it's my understanding the majority of his wounds are in the waist and below area. I think he took one round to the torso," Prentice said.

Early Wednesday afternoon, police announced they had arrested 17-year-old Jeffrey Edwards, 17-year-old Johnnie Ellies, and another 14-year-old on anticipated charges of robbery with a firearm and shooting with intent to kill.

A fourth suspect, Jerry Thompson, 17, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and will be booked in the Okmulgee County Jail on complaints of robbery with a firearm and shooting with intent to kill, as well.

Police say the victim is 21-year-old Jacob Rogers.

While his condition is unknown, Chief Prentice said incidents like this, especially homicides, are very rare in Okmulgee.

"I've been chief since 2006, and the most we've had in a year was four," Prentice said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Okmulgee Police Department at 918-756-3511.