Jackson holdup suspects officially identified

AIKEN -- Authorities have officially identified two suspects in Wednesday’s robbery of a Jackson bank that led to a chase and the death of a third suspect in a shootout with police.

Phillip Perry Paul, 26, of the 600 block of Silver Bluff Road in Aiken, and Randolph Wilson, 22, of Elgin Court, Beech Island, each face a charge of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and armed robbery, according to an Aiken County Sheriff’s Office release.

Authorities say Jelani Edwards, 30, of Aiken, the third suspect, was fatally shot Wednesday in an exchange of gunfire with a Jackson Police Department officer.

Preliminary autopsy results on Mr. Edwards revealed that he died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said today.

According to today’s release from the sheriff's office, police responded to the robbery at First Citizens Bank on Atomic Road in Jackson at 12:19 p.m., after witnesses said three men dressed in black had entered the bank with guns and demanded money.

A Jackson police officer saw the three drive away from the bank parking lot in a compact burgundy vehicle and a chase began. The driver of the burgundy vehicle lost control of the car, causing it to wreck at the intersection of Sheraton Road and Old Jackson Highway, which is near the Kimberly-Clark paper-products plant.

Police say three men jumped from the car and one was taken into custody immediately. A second suspect, identified as Mr. Edwards, fired a pistol at a Jackson Police Department officer and missed, according to authorities. The officer returned fire, striking Mr. Edwards, who was later pronounced dead.

A third suspect fled the area but was later arrested at a home on Williams Way in Beech Island. According to today's news release, police learned of the residence through the assistance of several agencies, including the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and a Miami field office.

The residence is believed to be where the third suspect had visited or lived. The release didn’t state how the suspect is connected to Florida.

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