Suspect shot and killed during attempted robbery in Moultrie

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Published: Dec. 5, 2018 at 11:09 AM EST
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By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

December 5, 2018

MOULTRIE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Moultrie Police are investigating an attempted robbery-turned-deadly at the Susie Q on Highway 319 Tuesday morning.

Some in the Baell Trace Court neighborhood said they heard the gunfire.

"We live in a good neighborhood and just hearing a gunshot that late at night you knew something was wrong," said one concerned homeowner, who requested to talk off camera.

She says it's a popular gas station her family visits often.

"I'm just glad none of my family was up there," said the homeowner.

Moultrie Police say two armed suspects entered the store around 2 a.m. One was shot multiple times.

They say the 19-year-old suspect, Jaelon Powell, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. About an hour after he was admitted to a local hospital, he died from his injuries.

"Unfortunately, Mr. Powell lost his life as a result of trying to commit an armed robbery," said Lt. Freddie Williams with the Moultrie Police Department.

One of two clerks was shot in the leg, but was released from the hospital late Tuesday.

Police say a second gunman, 18-year-old Joshua Sims, and a teenager have been arrested. They're now facing felony murder for their involvement in Powell's death.

They say the clerk is likely protected under Georgia's Stand Your Ground law for acting in self defense. Local homeowners said they would have defended themselves, too.

"I'm usually packing. I wouldn't like to have to use it, but you've got to defend yourself," said the Baell Trace Court homeowner.

The Moultrie Police Department says an autopsy was conducted on Powell's body at a GBI crime lab Wednesday morning.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

December 5, 2018

MOULTRIE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Authorities in Moultrie are investigating an attempted robbery-turned-deadly at a local convenience store.

The incident happened around 2 a.m. Tuesday at Susie Q Foods on 135 S. Highway 319.

The police report indicates that the suspect was armed with a gun when he entered the store. Following an altercation inside the store, the suspect was shot multiple times.

The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Jaelon Powell, was taken to the hospital in a personal vehicle. Powell was pronounced dead approximately one hour later, the coroner's office confirms.

The body is being transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab for an autopsy.

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