Second robbery suspect nabbed after shootout kills first

Shootout killed other suspect

Staff WriterOctober 17, 2010 

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Bryson Creech gets a piece of candy from his great-uncle, Donnie Creech, a store owner and the unofficial mayor of Shoeheel. An armed suspect entered the Shoeheel Gas, Grocery and Grill at Old Beaulah and Shoeheel roads near Micro before 5:50 p.m., Johnston Sheriff Steve Bizzell said. The suspect engaged in a gun battle with the owner of the store, the sheriff said.

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— Authorities arrested a second suspect early Saturday morning in the robbery and shootout that occurred Friday afternoon at a Johnston County gas and grocery.

The robbery left one man fatally shot by the store owner.

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell declined Saturday to release the name of the man shot dead but described him as a Hispanic male who was at least 20 years old. "We are still trying to figure out who he really is," the sheriff said. "From what I understand, he was a construction worker."

Bizzell said his investigators are talking with the dead man's employers and searching for his family members.

Felipe Ortiz, 17, was picked up without incident about 1 a.m. Saturday, walking down a road a mile or so from the scene.

Ortiz was charged with attempted murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. He's being held in the county jail without bail and will have a first appearance Monday, sheriff's department spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said.

The second suspect was killed in a running gun battle Friday as he attempted to rob the Shoeheel Gas, Grocery and Grill at Old Beulah and Shoeheel roads near Micro before 5:50 p.m., Bizzell said.

Store owner Donnie Creech traded gunfire with the first suspect, Amaon said.

Sheriff's deputies found the first suspect in the car dead of gunshot wounds, Bizzell said.

Bizzell said Creech, his son and two female employees in the store were uninjured.

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