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DeKalb Police arrest man accused of killing gas station clerk near Avondale Estates

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DeKalb Police arrest man accused of killing gas station clerk near Avondale Estates

Jail and booking photos of Rickey Westbrook, obtained from DeKalb County.
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Jail and booking photos of Rickey Westbrook, obtained from DeKalb County.

Jail and booking photos of Rickey Westbrook, obtained from DeKalb County.

DeKalb County Police have arrested a 24-year-old man accused of gunning down a gas station clerk at an Exxon Station near Avondale Estates.

The murder occurred shortly after 4 a.m. on July 13. The Exxon is located at 4101 Memorial Drive.

Responding officers found the clerk Harry Wells, 54, suffering from a gunshot. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.

“According to preliminary investigation a man walked into to the convenience store and for an undetermined reason pulled out a weapon and fired at the clerk,” a statement from DeKalb County Police says. “The suspect ran away from the scene following the incident.”

Police on July 14 arrested Rickey Westbrook and charged him with Wells’ murder. Police believe the two men had a dispute that led to the shooting.

“Tips from the community assisted detectives in the investigation that led to the identification and arrest of Westbrook,” the statement from DeKalb County Police says. “Surveillance video obtained from the scene is being held as evidence in the case and will not be released.”

According to 11 Alive, Wells was a pastor and father of five children.

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