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Woodbury police release jewelry store gunman's name

Woodbury police on Wednesday identified a 54-year-old Minneapolis man as the man suspected of robbing a jewelry store before taking his own life.

According to police, the subject, Thomas Eric Jones, brandished a handgun Saturday, June 21, while attempting to rob Johnson Jewelers. A worker at the store said Jones bagged up diamonds but panicked after seeing a Woodbury police officer outside the building and rushed to the back of the store.

Jones died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound while in the back of the jewelry store.

Read more about the incident here.

An alleged accomplice was arrested on Sunday, June 22. 

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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