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Shooting leaves convenience store employee dead

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Alex Ross Photo In this file photo, Roswell police units sit parked outside the Allsup’s on South Sunset Avenue in Roswell Tuesday.

A convenience store employee was shot to death by a teenage boy early Tuesday morning after the employee confronted a possible shoplifter.

Michael Crabtree, 36, was shot multiple times outside the Allsup’s Convenience Store at the corner of Sunset Avenue and West Poe Street, according to a press release from the Roswell Police Department.

Police were dispatched to the store just after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in response to reports of a fight outside the store.

When police arrived, Crabtree was found lying outside and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. According to the release, an officer performed CPR on the victim before medics arrived. Crabtree was then transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Two 21-year-old adult males and a 16-year-old boy were found by law enforcement a short time later at separate locations within the city. As of early Tuesday afternoon, all three remained under investigatory detention at the Roswell Police Department.

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Names of the three individuals were not released by police Tuesday. According to the press release, criminal charges are being developed to be presented to the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office as part of what is being described as an ongoing investigation.

Investigators believe that in the moments leading up to the shooting, the two adult males were inside the store when Crabtree accused one of them of attempting to shoplift.
The other man then became angry and shouted at Crabtree while exiting the store and continued yelling at him.

Crabtree is then believed to have gone outside to confront the angry man. The accused shoplifter also eventually left the store.

Once outside, the release states, investigators believe Crabtree was confronted physically by the two men, with Crabtree later taking out a knife. The 16-year-old, who had come to the store with the two men and was waiting outside for them in a vehicle, then allegedly fired the gunshots at Crabtree.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.