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story.lead_photo.caption Keith Harris Jr. and Drequan Robinson - Photo by North Little Rock Police Department

A U.S. military serviceman tried stopping a North Little Rock gas station robbery by tackling one armed assailant before a second man fatally shot him, according to court documents released on Tuesday.

A probable cause affidavit filed in North Little Rock District Court details how two robbers entered the Valero Big Red on Friday night while waving handguns and ordering at least eight customers in the store to the ground. According to the document, one of the robbers approached the counter and said: “You think this is an (expletive) game” before demanding the register be opened.

Two suspects — 18-year-olds Drequan Lamont Robinson and Keith Harris Jr. — have been arrested, and police were still searching for a third person on Tuesday. Robinson is accused of fatally shooting 23-year-old Shawn Mckeough Jr., a senior airman stationed at the Little Rock Air Force Base.

Harris, who is believed to be the getaway driver, was aware of the robbery, the North Little Rock Police Department said.

Authorities said it appeared Mckeough intervened by tackling one of the robbers before Robinson shot him in the head.

Sarah Terrano, Mckeough’s girlfriend, said the couple and a few of their friends had just gone to dinner before they stopped at the gas station.

Terrano said she saw two young people rush in and point guns at her friends as they went to the ground while she waited in an Uber outside.

She said she knew Mckeough would intervene. “He would have done that anywhere or anytime,” Terrano said an in an interview Tuesday. “He served our country the best he could.”

Terrano said she saw Mckeough lunge at one of the assailants, putting him out of her sight. Then she heard a single gunshot.

Mckeough died at the scene.

The gunmen fled the gas station after the shooting, she said, likely without taking any money.

Robinson was charged with capital murder and aggravated robbery following his arrest Monday afternoon at a Little Rock hotel.

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A former classmate identified Robinson after recognizing the black Nike hoodie he drew over his face from surveillance video released by authorities, the affidavit said. Several other anonymous tipsters also identified the North Little Rock resident.

Harris told investigators that he had been riding with Robinson and another armed person for an hour to scope out businesses to rob before parking a block away from the downtown Valero, according to the arrest report.

The report said Harris declined to go into the store but “he made no attempt [to] exit the vehicle or contact law enforcement.”

A second armed robber who entered the store wearing a panda hood hasn’t been arrested.

Mckeough began his service in 2015 and worked as an aerial delivery operations specialist at the Little Rock-area base, the Air Force said.

He received awards during his service, which saw him deploy to Germany, South Korea and Kuwait, as well as some conflict areas.

“It was hard for all of us worrying about him in all the places he served and then thinking he’s safe in his home country,” Terrano said. “I thought he was safe here.”

Shawn Mckeough Jr. (left) stands with his girlfriend Sarah Terrano (right). Mckeough was fatally shot Feb. 15. Photo courtesy of Sarah Terrano
Shawn Mckeough Jr. (left) stands with his girlfriend Sarah Terrano (right). Mckeough was fatally shot Feb. 15. Photo courtesy of Sarah Terrano

Last Wednesday was the couple’s three-year anniversary since they started dating, Terrano said, adding that they had moved to North Little Rock last December.

His death has led to an outpour of support and condolences from his fellow service members and in his home state of Maine.

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said in a statement Tuesday that Mckeough was “called by duty” and died doing what he was trained for: “protecting his fellow citizens from danger.”

“We mourn his death and grieve with his family, yet we also celebrate his life, his courage, and his service,” Cotton said.

Authorities offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robbers.

Robinson’s attorney, Bill James, said he was reviewing the charges. “It’s certainly a tragedy no matter what happened,” he said.

Harris' attorney declined to comment.

Both men remained in the Pulaski County jail on Tuesday after a district judge ordered them held without bond ahead of appearances in May.

Funeral arrangements for Mckeough were pending, though Terrano said the service will likely be in Maine.

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  • Foghorn
    March 19, 2019 at 7:42 a.m.

    Here’s hoping the third will be found by end of day.

  • RaylanGivens
    March 19, 2019 at 8:16 a.m.

    Description suspect one; dude with hair like ram horns. He was probably easy to find

  • ArkCurmudgeon
    March 19, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

    Was the Harris guy one of Jabba the Hut's henchmen?

  • eaglescout
    March 19, 2019 at 9:35 a.m.

    I saw a werewolf down at the corner store shortly after daylight this morning and he told me that after seeing the second guys picture he was not going out after dark anymore.

  • GeneralMac
    March 19, 2019 at 10:05 a.m.

    Please interview their mothers so the story gets some balance.......SARC

  • PopMom
    March 19, 2019 at 10:34 a.m.

    Where did these men go to high school and when did they drop out? What has been their involvement in drugs? What were their families like? To understand the high crime rates in Montgomery County, we need to examine how families and the community can prevent these types of criminals. I suspect they went on a downward trajectory by the age of 10 if not before.

  • HARRYMURDCOCK
    March 19, 2019 at 10:34 a.m.

    AUTO DEATH SENTENCE IN SIX WEEKS IF FOUND GUILTY. TIME TO QUIT PLAYING WITH THESE PUNKS.

  • bestump3
    March 19, 2019 at 10:55 a.m.

    Scumbags like these have no business living among us. Another point needs to made to people like the airman, don’t try to stop an armed robbery. No point to being a dead hero.

  • HarleyOwner
    March 19, 2019 at 11 a.m.

    If ever there was a picture of Satan, that evil looking dude on the left would certainly qualify. A new hairdo is waiting on him in prison.

  • Packman
    March 19, 2019 at 11:35 a.m.

    Hey PopMom - This ain't rocket science. The problem is the BABY MOMMA/DADDY culture. Although, race baiters that scream profanities at public meetings about a star on a flag and gunophobes that chase rabbits down holes while ignoring THE problem in favor of political narratives are part and parcel THE problem as well.

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