Former Olympian, track star Emmit King fatally shot during argument in Alabama

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Officials in Alabama said Monday that a shootout broke out over the weekend between former Olympian and track and field champion Emmet King and another man, killing both of them.

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King, 62, was pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday afternoon, said Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Waid William Yates.

The second person, 60-year-old Willie Wells, died on the spot, Yates said.


A police spokesman in Bessemer, where the shooting took place, said officers responded to reports of gunfire at 3:40 p.m. and found King and Wells, both of whom had been shot.

Witnesses said the pair were arguing when the two grabbed a gun and opened fire at each other.

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It was unclear what the argument was about, and additional details about the shooting were not immediately available.

King, who attended the University of Alabama, was the 1983 NCAA national champion in the 100-meter sprint. In the same year, he earned a bronze medal at the World Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

King was on the U.S. Olympic relay team twice—in 1984 in Los Angeles and 1988 in Seoul, South Korea—but did not compete.

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