Arkansas suspect winds up in hospital after shootout with store manager

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HELENA- WEST HELENA, Ark. — A suspect who allegedly tried to rob a local store manager and his son early Thursday morning wound up in the hospital after the victim fought back.

The store manager and his child were opening up Jordan’s Kwik Stop on Sebastian Street around 5:45 a.m. Thursday when a man with a gun forced them inside. The man reportedly said “let me get everything” and held them at gunpoint.

According to police, the store manager said, “OK, hold on, let me get it for you,” then grabbed a gun and shot the suspect twice during a shootout.

A clerk shot a man during a robbery attempt at this store in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas.

The suspect ran from the scene, but eventually showed up at the Helena Regional Hospital. From there, he was taken to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Demetrius Morant, 27, was charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a minor in the second degree.

His bond was set at $155,000. His first court appearance will be set after his release from the hospital.

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