DeKalb County, Georgia – The son of Auburn University’s football chaplain, Reverend Chette Williams, was killed Saturday night after he attempted to rob an armed citizen at gunpoint.
According to police, 19-year-old Chette Williams Jr. pulled his silver sedan into a QuikTrip gas station in DeKalb County at around 8:30 p.m. He drove in front of another vehicle at the gas pumps and got out of his car. Williams then pulled a black pistol on the 32-year-old customer and reportedly said: “You know what time it is.”
The victim said he immediately took cover and drew his own gun and when Williams Jr. fired a shot at him, the victim returned fire. Williams turned and ran back to his car and attempted to drive off but crashed a short distance away.
Witnesses said two people in Williams’ car were seen getting out and running away from the scene. Meanwhile the victim got into his car and pulled it into a parking space. He then walked into the gas station, dissembled his pistol, left it on the counter, then further removed himself to the back of the store to await police.
When officers arrived, they approached the suspect’s vehicle and discovered Williams still inside suffering from a gunshot wound to his neck. He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
In a statement at a press conference about the shooting, Auburn University coach Gus Malzahn said,
“The first thing I wanted to say is we’re hurting for Brother Chette. Our FCA chaplain, he lost his son over the weekend. Brother Chette has been around here a long time, I think over 20 years.
He’s touched so many of our players’ hearts over the years. I know he’s a personal friend to all of our coaches and a personal friend for me. He goes on a mission trip with me and Kristi every summer with our players. We’re just hurt for him. Auburn family — we’re going to love him and help him through this tough time.”
Police say the investigation is ongoing but all individuals involved have been identified and they do not expect charges to be filed in the matter.
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