COPY-Police: Jewelry courier in Tenn. shoots robbers

Associated Press - July 8, 2009 6:24 PM ET

Police say a jewelry courier opened fire on four men trying to rob him in Memphis, Tenn.

Police say 2 of the men suffered gunshot wounds during the Wednesday afternoon robbery attempt and were taken to the Regional Medical Center.

The attempted robbery comes a year after masked gunmen and knife-wielding attackers robbed diamond couriers in Arkansas as part of a crime wave across the South. FBI and police suspected the previous thefts could be part of what the bureau refers to as "South American Theft Groups" targeting diamond couriers.

An FBI spokesman tells The Associated Press that those wounded in the Wednesday attack spoke Spanish. The spokesman said FBI agents responded to the scene of the robbery and will assist Memphis police if they request it.

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