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Escaped Prisoner Killed In Failed Jewelry Store Robbery

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Jewelry Store Robbery

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – According to police, a suspect who was fatally shot during a botched jewelry store robbery in which the store’s owner was also killed is the same man who escaped from a Philadelphia prison last week.

Investigators say Kevin Turner, 22, was fatally shot during a failed robbery at Glatz Jewelers in the 6400 block of Rising Sun Avenue Thursday morning. The store’s owner, William Glatz, died during a shootout with Turner and another suspect.

According to police sources, Turner escaped from Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in the Northeast in the early morning hours of October 12th.   Deputy police commissioner William Blackburn says Turner has over a dozen previous arrests for drugs, robbery, and guns.

2nd suspect in glatz jewelry store homicide side Escaped Prisoner Killed In Failed Jewelry Store RobberyPolice say Turner and another suspect (right) entered the store in the city’s Lawndale section and announced a robbery.

“During the course of the robbery, (there was) an exchange of gunfire between the perpetrators and the store owner,” said Capt. Michael McCarrick.

Glatz, 67, was rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center with two gunshot wounds to the chest but was later pronounced dead.

Turner was also shot during the shootout and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second suspect fled the scene and remains on the loose.  He is described as in his early 20s and about 5’8″ tall.  Anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Store employees told police the two suspects were seen in the store prior to the robbery.

The deadly incident remains under police investigation.

Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio.

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