Robbery turns deadly

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 22, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; An attempted armed robbery left one of the alleged robbers dead from a gunshot wound to the head Monday morning.

Clifton Lashon Jackson, 19, 1427 Watkins St., died at Natchez Regional at 12:10 p.m., about two hours after the incident.

Jackson and two other men allegedly entered Old South Pawn Shop on St. Catherine St., just before 10:30 a.m.

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Two of the men had their faces covered. Jackson approached the store with a handgun in each hand, Police Chief Mike Mullins said.

&8220;They told them to get down and give them money,&8221; Mullins said. &8220;Witnesses advise (Jackson) fired at the employees from outside the store.&8221;

At that point a store clerk or another person in the store fired at Jackson. The bullet struck him in the front of the head.

Police received the call at 10:25 a.m. and arrived two minutes later, Mullins said.

&8220;A store employee was holding two suspects at gunpoint in the parking lot,&8221; Mullins said.

Officers took over the scene, arresting the two alleged robbers. Jackson was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

David Stiles Bradley, 17, 225 Spring Ridge St., Clinton, and LaJoshua White, 16, 1224 Watkins St., were charged with armed robbery.

Mullins would not release information about any of the guns used in the incident, or the name of Jackson&8217;s shooter.

The case will go before a grand jury in the coming months, but no charges have been filed against the person who shot and killed Jackson.

&8220;At this point it appears the subject fired in self defense,&8221; Mullins said.

The pawnshop is owned by Billie Pruitt and his family. The store closed after Monday&8217;s incident and Pruitt could not be reached for comment.

The case is still under investigation.

Witnesses on the scene said they didn&8217;t see the incident occur, but did see Jackson carried to the stretcher.

Arthur Jackson, who lives in the area, said he hated to see such a tragedy at Old South Pawn Shop.

&8220;The owners are very good people,&8221; he said. &8220;Even if they don&8217;t know you, you can go in there and ask them for a favor and they&8217;ll do it for you.&8221;

Bradley and White will be arraigned today.