1 Suspect dead, 2 more on the loose after Phoenix jewelry store robbery

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A suspect is dead and Phoenix police are trying to determine if the gun that killed him belonged to the owner of a jewelry store or another suspect attempting to rob the store.

Phoenix police officers responded to a robbery at a jewelry store near 43rd Avenue and Indian School Road at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday.

According to police the store owner, 49, was showing two men some jewelry when a third man walked into the store. At that time the two men pulled out guns and lunged over the counter at the store owner.

The store owner struggled with the first suspect, as the store owner tried to pull his own gun to defend himself.

Police said the second suspect appeared to be getting into a postion to shoot the store owner, but a gun went off striking and killing the second suspect.

Police don't know if the third suspect was armed. He fled with the first suspect. Both are still outstanding.

The first suspect is decribed as an Hispanic male, 23 to 28 years old, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 170 to 180 pounds with a fade haircut, moustache and a goatee. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, collared striped polo shirt, blue jeans and white athletic shoes.

The third suspect is described as an Hispanic male, 19 to 24 years old, 140 to160 pounds, 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a fade haircut and clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, light shirt, blue jeans and white athletic shoes.

The identity of the second suspect who died on scene has not been released, but police said he was an Hispanic male betwee 20 and 25 years old.

Anyone who has information concerning the incident or knows the suspects is encouragaged to call the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crime Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.