Arkansas State football player dead after shooting in TN - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Arkansas State football player dead after shooting in TN

Posted: Updated:
Markel Owens (Source: Arkansas State University) Markel Owens (Source: Arkansas State University)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An Arkansas State University football player was shot and killed Wednesday night at his home in Jackson, TN, according to the Jackson Police Department.

Police said Markel Owens, 21 of Jackson was pronounced dead at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Police said his mother was also shot.

Owens was a redshirt senior defensive linemen for Arkansas State. He was about to enter another year with the Red Wolves.

According to Twitter account @RedWolvesFBall:

"Today is a tough day for the Red Wolves family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Markel Owens' family and friends at this difficult time."

The university released a statement. Read it here.

Police said another man, Johnny Shivers, 36 was shot and killed during the home invasion robbery.

According to police, two masked men stormed into Owens' home behind Shivers. According to police, the two men demanded money from Shivers.

Shivers and Owens were shot while fighting off both suspects.

Owens' mother was treated and released from a hospital.

Investigators said both suspects got away with a large amount of money. Marijuana was also discovered, a police report stated.

Captain Miller with Jackson Police was not able to release a motive for the robbery, but believe the suspects knew about the drugs and money.

"I believe he intervened because he saw his step-father," said Captain Miller. "He witnessed him get shot and he was protecting him and his mother. I think that it was heroic and it cost him his life, unfortunately."

Owens played in 11 games for the Red Wolves last season, helping Arkansas State (8-5) to at least a share of its third straight Sun Belt Conference title and a second straight win in the GoDaddy Bowl.

 

Copyright 2014 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-04-15 15:48:25 GMT
    James SiebenthalJames Siebenthal
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.More >>
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.More >>
  • 7-year-old girl writes book after mother's death

    7-year-old girl writes book after mother's death

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:31:56 GMT
    (WMC-TV) - Most 7-year-old girls are playing dress up and reading books, but one Mid-South girl is the exception—not just reading but writing books. Shiloh Sanders talked about the inspiration behind herMore >>
    Most 7-year-old girls are playing dress up and reading books, but one Mid-South girl is the exception—not just reading but writing books.More >>
  • Teen killed in crash after prom

    Teen killed in crash after prom

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:47:48 GMT
    (WMC-TV) - A young man's life was taken too soon. It was supposed to be a high school memory of a lifetime for Andrew Archer, but prom night turned into a tragic night for his family and friends. His promMore >>
    It was supposed to be a high school memory of a lifetime for Andrew Archer, but prom night turned into a tragic night for his family and friends.More >>
Powered by WorldNow