Suspect identified in fatal Texaco shooting in Smyrna

Joseph Priester (Credit: Smyrna Police Department)
Joseph Priester (Credit: Smyrna Police Department)

A man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting at a Texaco gas station in Cobb County has been identified, police said.

Joseph Priester, 36, is suspected in the death of Genaro Rojas Martinez of Smyrna.

Martinez, 39, was seen Monday night walking out of the store on South Cobb Drive and heading toward the fuel pumps when the suspect allegedly shot him, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

Surveillance video showed the man later identified as Priester as he got out of a dark green Chevrolet Avalanche just before 11 p.m.

Priester, who is wanted on a parole violation, is accused of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a felon. He is also suspected in an aggravated assault that happened in Thomaston on April 14, police said.

Though Priestser is believed to have driven a Chevrolet Avalanche during Monday’s shooting, police believe he may now be traveling in a newer-model, white, four-door BMW.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Smyrna Police Department at 770-434-6666.

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