Cashier killed after alleged argument over face mask

A DeKalb County cashier was killed on duty after an argument with a customer, according to Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The GBI stated that on June 14 at approximately 1:10 p.m., Victor Lee Tucker, 30, of Palmetto, entered Big Bear supermarket at 2849 Candler Road in Decatur and got into an argument with a cashier about his face mask. 

“Tucker left the store without making his purchase, but immediately returned inside,” a press release from the GBI states. “Tucker walked directly back to the cashier, pulled out a handgun and shot her. Tucker then began shooting at a [DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office] deputy who was attempting to intervene while working off-duty at the supermarket.

“The deputy and Tucker exchanged gunfire, and both were wounded during the shootout. Two responding DeKalb County Police Department (DKPD) officers arrested Tucker as he was attempting to crawl out the front door of the supermarket,” the press release continued.

The cashier, 41-year-old Laquitta Willis, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead; Tucker was also taken to Grady and is listed in stable condition, according to GBI. 

DKSO deputy is being treated for his wounds at Atlanta Medical Center and is in stable condition; a second cashier was grazed by a bullet and was treated for her injury on scene, the release states.

DKPD will issue arrest warrants for Tucker for murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

Once GBI will completes its independent investigation, the case will be turned over to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office for review.


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