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Former Alabama track star, Olympian killed in shootout

Authorities say former University of Alabama track star and Olympian killed in shootout with another man

BESSEMER, Alabama – A former University of Alabama track star and Olympian was killed in a shootout with another man, authorities said.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office on Monday identified Emmit King and Willie Albert Wells as the two men who died after exchanging gunshots at Bessemer on Sunday, reported.

King, 62, was a sprinter and member of the United States relay team for the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics, but he did not compete.

He raced for Jefferson State Community College and the University of Alabama, where he became the 1983 NCAA National Champion in the 100-meter. The same year, he won bronze in the 100 meters at the first world championships.

Authorities said King and Wells, 60, knew each other and were arguing outside a house on Sunday afternoon when they both pulled out their guns and fired. Wells was pronounced dead at the scene and King later died in a hospital.

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