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Man arrested in Shawnee Wal-Mart attack involving Good Samaritans

Good Samaritan shot, alleged robber slain near Wal-Mart in Shawnee

Police continue their investigation after one person is dead and two were critically injured Sunday afternoon in a parking lot near the Wal-Mart store at 65th Street and Maurer Road in Shawnee.
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Police continue their investigation after one person is dead and two were critically injured Sunday afternoon in a parking lot near the Wal-Mart store at 65th Street and Maurer Road in Shawnee.

A suspect was arrested and charged Tuesday in the Sunday attack at a Shawnee Wal-Mart in which two Good Samaritans intervened.

Shawnee police said 27-year-old Arthur Fred Wyatt III of Overland Park was charged in Johnson County District Court with attempted first-degree murder, attempted aggravated kidnapping and attempted aggravated robbery.

A 39-year-old Kansas City, Kan., woman who had been shopping at the Wal-Mart at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Maurer Road was attacked in the parking lot about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Two men approached her while she was putting her child in a safety seat, police said. She was struck in the head.

A Good Samaritan tried to intervene, and one of the attackers shot him. A second Good Samaritan then shot one of the attackers, killing him.

The other attacker escaped on foot. A man who fit that person’s description was detained but later released.

Wyatt was arrested Tuesday. Shawnee police spokesman Maj. Dan Tennis said he could not discuss details of the arrest because the case was now in the hands of the district attorney.

The Good Samaritan who was shot, a 33-year-old Kansas City man, remained in serious condition in a hospital Tuesday morning. The woman who was attacked was released from a hospital on Monday.

The attacker who was killed was identified Monday as 28-year-old John W. Simmons III of Kansas City.

Two Good Samaritans came to the aid of a woman who was being attacked in a Shawnee Wal-Mart parking lot on Sunday afternoon. Police describe what took place during the attempted robbery that ended with one attacker dead and the woman and one Good

The second Good Samaritan, a 36-year-old De Soto man, was interviewed by police and released.

Matt Campbell: 816-234-4902, @MattCampbellKC

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