Police ID man killed after attempted robbery, shootout at DeKalb gas station

A shootout between an alleged robber and his intended victim outside a DeKalb County gas station ended in the suspect’s death.

The two men exchanged gunfire Saturday night in the parking lot of a QuikTrip at the corner of Flat Shoals Parkway and Clifton Springs Road.

The victim, a 32-year-old man, told police he was pumping gas when he was approached by another man, according to a news release from DeKalb police spokeswoman Michaela Vincent.

The suspect, identified as Chette Williams Jr., pulled his silver Hyundai Accent in front of the victim’s vehicle, pulled out a black handgun and said “you know what time it is,” according to a police report obtained Monday by AJC.com. The victim told police he took cover and pulled out his own gun for protection.

He said Williams fired first, and he returned fire. Williams then got back into the Hyundai and sped away before crashing into a parked car, according to the report. One witness reported seeing two people jump out of the Hyundai and run toward Clifton Springs Road.

Several people at the QuikTrip saw the victim get back into his own car, pull into a parking space near the front of the convenience store and run inside. He disassembled his gun and left it on the front counter before one witness escorted him to the back of the store to hide, witnesses told police.

Williams was found shot in the neck and slumped over in the Hyundai when officers arrived about 8:30 p.m. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died.

During the chaos following the shootout, an innocent bystander fell while running and injured his shoulder. He was also taken to a hospital for treatment.

“Everyone has been identified and no warrants are being sought at this time,” Vincent said.

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