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From left: Christopher Dewayne Lee, Jessica Gardner and Samuel Watkins. (Courtesy: TBI)

OAKLAND, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a premeditated gas station robbery in Tennessee ended in a gunfire exchange that left a deputy injured.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 21-year-old Christopher Dewayne Lee of Memphis and 26-year-old Jessica Gardner and 31-year-old Samuel Watkins, both from Oakland, were arrested after Thursday morning's shooting.

A third suspect, 31-year-old Samuel Watkins, was arrested Friday by authorities.

In a statement, the bureau says Watkins drove Lee to Murphy's Gas Station in Oakland, where Lee took a deposit bag in the parking lot from Gardner, a clerk. The bureau says Watkins and Gardner helped plan the robbery.

The statement says Lee exchanged gunfire with a responding Oakland police officer and Fayette County sheriff's deputy, who was shot. Authorities say Lee then stole a car, crashed it, and was taken into custody.

Lee and the deputy suffered non-critical injuries.

Lee faces seven charges, including attempted first-degree murder. Gardner and Watkins are charged with theft over $10,000. It's unclear they have lawyers.

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