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Former Olympian Emmit King was shot and killed in Alabama dispute

A row between former Olympian and track champion Emmit King and another man erupted over the weekend, leaving both men dead, Alabama officials said on Monday.

King, 62, was pronounced dead in a hospital Sunday afternoon, said William Yates, deputy chief coroner for Jefferson County.

The other man, Willie Wells, 60, died at the scene, Yates said.

A spokesperson for Bessemer Police, where the shooting took place, said officers responded to reports of gunfire at 3:40 p.m. and found King and Wells both shot dead.

Witnesses said the two were arguing when each grabbed a gun and shot the other.

The subject of the argument was not clear and further details were not immediately available.

King, who attended the University of Alabama, was the 1983 NCAA National Champion in the 100-meter. The same year, he won a bronze medal at the world athletics championships in Helsinki, Finland.

King was on the United States Olympic relay team twice – in 1984 in Los Angeles and in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea – but he did not participate.


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