The afternoon horror happened at a Big Bear Supermarket in DeKalb, when the worker asked Victor Tucker Jr., 30, to mask up due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Tucker refused and got into an argument with the woman before leaving the store without making a purchase, the report and GBI said.
The suspect then barged back inside and allegedly shot her in the head, authorities said.
The cashier, who has not yet been identified, was later pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital, GBI said in a press release.
The retired deputy, a part-time reservist with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office who was working security at the store, jumped in and returned fire, Dekalb sheriff’s office spokeswoman Cynthia Williams told the Journal-Constitution.
Both Tucker and the ex-deputy, a former 30-year member of the force, were struck by gunfire, authorities said.
Authorities said a second cashier was grazed by a bullet and treated at the scene.
The former deputy was wearing a bullet-proof vest at the time and is in stable condition at Atlanta Medical Center, DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said during a press conference, the newspaper reported.
Tucker was arrested by responding deputies as he tried to crawl out of the front door of the supermarket, GBI said. He was also taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition.
GBI said it is conducting an independent investigation into the shooting.
The GBI continues an investigation into an officer involved shooting incident in DeKalb County. Victor Lee Tucker, 30, got into an argument w/ a female cashier & shot her. A DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to intervene while working off-duty. pic.twitter.com/I8xxYpMjxO— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) June 14, 2021