Rickey Westbrook, 24, has been charged in the shooting death of 54-year-old Harry Wells.

Man arrested in killing of DeKalb store clerk, preacher

DeKalb County police have arrested a man in the killing of a store clerk and preacher earlier this week.

Detectives arrested 24-year-old Rickey Westbrook and charged him with murdering 54-year-old Harry Wells. Wells was shot to death while working at the Exxon station at 4101 Memorial Drive on Monday.

His family members told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Wells also served as a minister.

Police released few details Friday about any motivation for the killing. “Police believe a dispute between the two led to the shooting,” Capt. Steve Fore said.

According to the investigation, a man walked into the convenience store about 4:30 a.m., pulled out a weapon and fired at the clerk and ran away from the scene, Fore told The AJC.

Lt. Rod Bryant said the clerk was shot once in his upper torso, and later died at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Please return to the AJC for updates.

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