Region 8 Law Man Recovering After Trying to Stop Robbery

September 19, 2007 - Posted at 8:44 p.m. CDT

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO -- A former Pemiscot County dispatcher is in a Southeast Missouri hospital Wednesday night after trying to stop a robbery.

It happened in Caruthersville just before 2:00 Wednesday afternoon at the American Cash Advance store on Ward Street in downtown...that's just blocks away from Casino Aztar.

Jack Owens, an assistant to the chief deputy, who works mainly in records, took matters into his own hands when a robber decided to grab and go.

The streets of quiet Caruthersville were alive Wednesday with police searching for a suspect after an armed robbery turns into a shooting.

"A gentleman had walked inside the business, we don't know if he was spotting it out to see who all was in there or what, but he walked out, came back in, the same subject and had a mask on at that time and pulled out a gun and asked for money at the business," said Caruthersville Police Department Assistant Police Chief Tony Jones.

Inside the store was Owens...he attempted to wrestle the gun away and was shot in the arm.  The suspect, described as a six foot tall black male, fled with cash.

"Right now the Missouri State Highway Patrol has suspects stopped suspects fitting the description and the vehicle fitting the description at the 61 mile marker on Interstate 55. The subjects are in custody right now for questioning," said Jones.

Owners say it's the first time they have ever had a problem with American Cash Advance in the eight years the store has been open in Caruthersville.

K8 News spoke with Jack's wife Sheila Wednesday evening; she says he is in stable condition at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.  He does still have the bullet in his lung and doctors plan on operating Thursday morning.