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story.lead_photo.caption Rodney Henry and Daryl Strickland are shown in these photos from the Jefferson County sheriff's office jail roster website.

PINE BLUFF — Two people have been arrested in the fatal shooting of an Arkansas pawnshop owner, police said Tuesday.

Pine Bluff Police Department Chief Kelvin Sergeant said at a news conference in Pine Bluff that Daryl Strickland and Rodney Henry, both 21 and from Camden, were arrested early Tuesday in Camden in the Nov. 12 killing of Brandon McHan, the owner of Wise Buck Pawn Shop in Pine Bluff.

"It's just a good day for us," Sergeant said. "This is a tragedy that happened within our community."

Sergeant said a "huge break" came in the case in the last two days after officers searched a residence and found "physical evidence." That was sent to the state Crime Lab, and it led to the identification of the suspects. A police spokesman declined to identify the evidence.

Brandon McHan's twin brother, Jeff McHan, spoke at the news conference, thanking authorities for the work they did to make arrests.

"My family will be able to sleep better tonight knowing that these animals are where they're supposed to be," Jeff McHan said, adding later: "My twin brother did not deserve anything like this. He was just trying to help this town out."

Brandon McHan was hit while he exchanged gunfire with at least one of two assailants who entered the store at 2408 S. Camden Road after 5:30 p.m.

Police said previously that they believe the pair was trying to rob the business. After an initial round of shooting, the two would-be robbers briefly retreated and Brandon McHan's friend, who was also in the store, rendered aid to him, said Officer Richard Wegner, spokesman for Pine Bluff police.

When the assailants returned less than two minutes later, the friend, who regularly sat with the owner in the store, used Brandon McHan's gun to exchange more gunfire with them, authorities said. He was hit in the chin, abdomen and hand.

Both shooting victims were taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Brandon McHan died there and the other man was later moved to a Little Rock hospital.

Police said these surveillance images show two suspects in the fatal shooting of a Pine Bluff pawnshop owner.
Police said these surveillance images show two suspects in the fatal shooting of a Pine Bluff pawnshop owner.

Jeff McHan said on Tuesday that the friend is out of the hospital but still has a feeding tube in and faces a long road to recovery.

"He's got a lot of mending to do," Jeff McHan said. "All of our hearts have got a lot of mending to do."

The two suspects, Strickland and Henry, were listed as inmates at the Jefferson County jail by early Tuesday afternoon. They were being held without bail with charges listed as capital murder, criminal attempt and aggravated robbery.

Jeff McHan didn't mince words when asked if he had anything he wanted to say to them.

"I hope you spend eternity in hell," he said. "The punishment in life you're going to get is not good enough. I hope you burn in hell while my brother sits among angels. That's what I hope for."

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  • 0boxerssuddenlinknet
    December 4, 2018 at 2:07 p.m.

    wow those darn hoodies again. when will they be outlawed to wear or a criminal background check to purchase?

  • Packman
    December 4, 2018 at 2:45 p.m.

    These horrible stories will remain commonplace until America develops the resolve to address the underlying causes of violent crime. The baby momma/daddy culture is having a devastating impact on persons living in our inner cities and in certain parts of rural America. Planned Parenthood in its relentless quest to devalue life is also to blame. A nationwide death penalty with appeals limited to 18 months for murderers, serial rapists, and pedophiles is also needed.
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    America can either wake up and address the real issues or continue to chase the red herring of gun control. Sadly, liberal politicians only want to focus on inanimate objects purely for political purposes.

  • MaxCady
    December 4, 2018 at 2:45 p.m.

    They drove over 70 miles just to try and rob a pawn shop? Aren't there any places to rob in Camden?

  • tngilmer
    December 4, 2018 at 3:18 p.m.

    And the leftist apologists for them will make excuses and say things like: "He was a good boy who was just starting to turn his life around", or "He had a history of emotional problems", or "He was a victim of white racism", or it was the Tea Party and Trump's fault, or this would never have happened if there were just more gun control or job opportunities, if the Confederate flag was banned, or those evil statues were all torn down or drugs were legal but NEVER will say that they are just feral street thugs.

  • MaxCady
    December 4, 2018 at 3:31 p.m.

    Let's rewrite that headline the way the media would have written it if they reported on all crimes equally. 2 blacks arrested in fatal shooting of white Arkansas pawnshop owner.

  • Nodmcm
    December 4, 2018 at 4:43 p.m.

    Whether white or black, they are now going to an Arkansas prison for most or all of their lives. They are both 21, so that means around 60 years, at maybe $20,000 per year in expense each, for a total of $2,400,000. Thank God for those rich farmers and physicians, who pay a lot of tax money, for footing the bill for these fellows. As long as we've got plenty of rich farmers and doctors, we can handle a whole lot more of these guys. Ante up, fellows!

  • Nodmcm
    December 4, 2018 at 4:45 p.m.

    Another option would be for us to figure out how to keep stolen firearms from getting stolen, so guys like these can't rob anyone with a real pistol. Surely you know they did not buy their guns from a gunshop. Why do you think they were robbing a pawnshop full of guns? Anyone figured that out yet?

  • titleist10
    December 4, 2018 at 4:58 p.m.

    Nodmcm-you wouldn’t be saying that if it had been your brother murdered-they need to be executed then tax payers would not hav to support them-I guess you disagree

  • 0boxerssuddenlinknet
    December 4, 2018 at 5:20 p.m.

    they were looking foe EASY money but now facing HARD time or death penalty.

  • ketchupmustard
    December 4, 2018 at 10:48 p.m.

    Ahh, Arkansas. Pearl of the South. Well, they’ve got a place for them at Varner on death row.

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