MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ An elderly newspaper carrier calling police to report a robbery was shot to death as he spoke.

''The dispatcher heard shots fired. When the cars arrived, they found him beside the phone booth,'' said police Lt. Paul Gahagan.

William Jennings, 71, a carrier for The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, was killed early Sunday while delivering papers.

The victim, who was robbed of $15 and his truck, had a gun of his own and fired a couple of shots as the robbers fled, said Fred Warner, a deputy police chief.

Two juveniles were arrested shortly after the killing and were being held for questioning. One had suffered a minor gunshot wound, Warner said.