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Firearms seized in Ashdown pawn shop raid

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Officers showed up at Big J's Pawn in the 900 block of N. Constitution Ave. Monday morning with a warrant to search the business. Officers showed up at Big J's Pawn in the 900 block of N. Constitution Ave. Monday morning with a warrant to search the business.
Ashdown Police Chief Doyle Crouch says the search is in connection with an ongoing investigation into possible violations of federal law regarding the sale of firearms. Ashdown Police Chief Doyle Crouch says the search is in connection with an ongoing investigation into possible violations of federal law regarding the sale of firearms.
On September 4, police say Joshua Owens shot 27-year-old William Wilson as he allegedly attempted to break into Owens' home on N. Park Avenue. On September 4, police say Joshua Owens shot 27-year-old William Wilson as he allegedly attempted to break into Owens' home on N. Park Avenue.
ASHDOWN, AR (KSLA) -

ATF agents and Ashdown police officers have confiscated several weapons from an Ashdown pawn shop owned by a man who shot and killed another man in his home earlier this month.

Police say the raid on the pawn shop is not related, but family members of the man shot and killed on September 4 hope it prompts further investigation in the deadly shooting

Officers showed up at Big J's Pawn in the 900 block of N. Constitution Ave. Monday morning with a warrant to search the business, as well as the home of owner Joshua Owens.

Ashdown Police Chief Doyle Crouch says the search is in connection with an ongoing investigation into possible violations of federal law regarding the sale of firearms. "We had some information that there were some possible violations occurring."

Crouch says no one has been arrested and there are no warrants on any individuals at this time.

On September 4, police say Owens shot 27-year-old William Wilson as he allegedly attempted to break into Owens' home on N. Park Avenue. Williams later died.

While Chief Crouch says the firearms investigation is "completely independent of the home invasion," friends and family members of Wilson say they hope it will lead to further investigation of the deadly shooting.

They point to a copy of Wilson's death certificate, the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the back. "It was said first that he was shot under the arm and now it is a gunshot wound to the back, and we would like to know why," says Misty Bowman.

Chief Crouch says the home invasion case is still an open investigation, and that they are waiting on the official autopsy report. No charges have been filed in connection with the shooting.

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