State Watch

Former Olympian killed by gunfire in argument in Alabama

Associated Press

Emmit King, a former Olympian and NCAA track superstar in the 1980s, was killed in a shootout with another man on Sunday in Bessemer, Ala. He was 62.

Police said they responded to the scene of a shooting around 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, where they found King and another man, Willie Albert Wells, of Birmingham, suffering from gunshot wounds, according to local NBC affiliate WVTM 13.

Both men died of their injuries, the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office confirmed on Monday.

The men knew each other and were arguing before pulling out their firearms, police told WVTM 13.

King was a U.S. athletic star in the 1980s. He ran for the University of Alabama, winning the national championship for the NCAA in the 100-meter race in 1983. In 1984 and 1988, King ran with the U.S. relay team in the Olympics. 

But King is best known for winning bronze in the first World Championships in Athletics in 1983.

The Olympic world reacted to the news of King’s death on Monday.

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing, according to WVTM 13. The Hill has reached out to the Bessemer Police Department for comment.

Tags Albama Bessemer Crime Emmit King gun shooting Murder Olympian Olympics track University of Alabama
See all Hill.TV See all Video

Most Popular

Load more


See all Video