An Atlanta-area sheriff’s deputy was shot and a woman died Monday after a shootout at a grocery store that stemmed from an argument over wearing a mask, authorities said.
A DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit deputy, a 30-year law enforcement veteran who is retired from the agency, was shot twice and was listed in stable condition, DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said during a news conference. The suspect, identified as Victor Lee Tucker, 30, was struck multiple times and was taken to a hospital, she said.
He was listed in stable condition.
Authorities said Tucker was checking out of the Big Bear Supermarket near The Gallery at South DeKalb mall in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur, just after 1 p.m. when he got into an argument with a female cashier about his face masks, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
“There was some confrontation, an argument… in reference to the wearing of a mask at which time the subject pulled out a weapon and shot the cashier at the location,” DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said during a news conference.