Former Olympian Emmit King fatally shot during argument in Alabama

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A former track and field star and two-time Olympian from Alabama was fatally shot during an argument with another man, who also died, police said.

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Emit King, 62, was killed during a shootout in Bessemer on Sunday, where he argued with Willie Albert Wells, 60, AL.com reported,

Police said King and Wells knew each other and were arguing in front of a house on Sunday afternoon when the two men pulled out guns and opened fire. Birmingham Wales was pronounced dead on the spot, while King later died in hospital.

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As AL.com reports, King, a former University of Alabama track and field standout, was a member of the US relay team for the Summer Games in 1984 and 1988, but did not compete.

King was also the NCAA 100 m national champion in 1983 and won a bronze medal in the men’s 100 m at the 1983 World Championships. WVTM reported,

Gold medalist Carl Lewis with fellow medalists Calvin Smith (Silver, left) and Emmit King (Bronze, right) of the United States of America at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 8, 1983.
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The area where Emit King was shot and killed in Alabama.
The area where Emit King was shot and killed in Alabama.
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Carl Lewis, Emmit King (second from left), Willie Gault and Kelvin Smith compete at a track and field event in Helsinki, Finland.
Carl Lewis, Emmit King (second from left), Willie Gault and Kelvin Smith compete in a track and field event in Helsinki, Finland.
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Emmet King running during an event at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials at the Coliseum on June 18, 1984 in Los Angeles.
Emmet King running during an event at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials at the Coliseum on June 18, 1984 in Los Angeles.
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According to the station, no other details were available about the cause of the fatal collision. A message seeking additional comment from Bessemer police was not immediately returned early Tuesday.

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