The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting at a gas station last week.
Deputies on Saturday asked the public for help locating Tory Jacob Benefield, who is accused of killing another man during a drug deal outside a convenience store in Lovejoy.
According to the sheriff’s office, Lovejoy police were called to the gas station the evening of Nov. 29. They arrived to find a man with a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim, who was not identified in the news release, later died at a hospital.
Authorities said Benefield planned to meet the victim and two others at the gas station to conduct the transaction, but tried to rob them instead.
“During the course of the exchange ... Benefield approached the vehicle in which the victim and the two other individuals were seated,” the sheriff’s office said. “A firearm was produced and demands were made that the occupants of the vehicle hand over their personal belongings.”
A struggle ensued and Benefield allegedly shot one of the men before firing at the car as it sped away.
He is wanted on charges of malice murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery.
Deputies said Benefield should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911 or the sheriff’s office at 770-477-4479. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online.
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