Two US Army soldiers arrested, another killed during armed robbery

US Army soldiers Blake R. Paulson (right) and Zachary R. Gillis (left) were arrested after an armed robbery resulted in a death in Missouri. (Lebanon Police Department)

An armed robbery at a Missouri residence, involving several US Army soldiers has resulted in two arrests and one deceased suspect, according to officials. 

Zachary R. Gillis, age 18, of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Blake R. Paulson, age 20, of Fort Leonard Wood were arrested and charged with; class A felony Murder 2nd Degree, class B felony Burglary 1st Degree, and class C felony stealing.

“We are aware of the incident that occurred in Lebanon, Missouri on [Friday] Dec. 3 involving three Soldiers who are stationed at Fort Leonard Wood,” the statement read. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and those affected during this difficult time.”

Lebanon Police responded to a call of an individual who was shot at a residence.

“When officers arrived, they began life-saving measures and noticed the subject had what appeared to be a fatal gunshot wound,” Lebanon police said in a statement.

Police believe a juvenile male is responsible for shooting the third suspect, Ethan J. Williams, 23, during the robbery.

The juvenile male is being held at the Camden County Juvenile Justice Center on unspecified charges while the two soldiers remain in custody at the Laclede County Jail with no bond.

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