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Former U.S. Olympic sprinter killed in a shootout

Emmit King and Willie Wells began arguing on Sunday afternoon when they both pulled out guns and fired at each other

Photo by: Emmit King (left), Carl Lewis (right)

Former U.S. Olympic sprinter Emmit King was killed in a shootout with another man in Bessemer, Ala. on Sunday afternoon, per AL.com.

King was chosen as a spare for the U.S. 100m relay team at the 1984 and 1988 Games, but he did not compete.

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Emmit King (middle) on the podium at the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki

He is best known for winning the bronze medal in the 100m at the inaugural 1983 World Championships in Helsinki. At the same championships, he helped win gold for the U.S. in the relay, alongside his teammate, Carl Lewis. King had a personal best of 10.04 in the 100 metres, which he set at the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

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The other man killed in the shootout was Bessemer’s Willie Wells, who knew King. The men began arguing outside of a house on Sunday afternoon when they both pulled out guns and fired at each other. Wells was pronounced dead at the scene; where King later died in hospital.