A suspect shot and killed a store clerk in the back of the head even though that clerk willingly turned over money from his cash register, detectives in Tupelo, Mississippi say.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Chris Copeland, 26, faces charges in the murder of 33-year-old Parmvir Singh.
“With 27 years in law enforcement, this may be one of the worst ones I’ve ever seen,” said Police Chief John Quaka to the Post Millennial. “The victim was literally executed in the back of the head inside his store where he was trying to make a living. It is just absolutely outrageous. The prosecutor said it best — ‘it’s monstrous.'”
The suspect arrived at the store at the Chevron gas station demanding Singh hand over the cash. The clerk also opened the safe.
The suspect can be seen on surveillance video demanding that Singh get down on his knees. The gunman then hops over the counter and shoots Singh execution style.
Singh would arrive at the hospital in grave condition and died several hours later.
The Journal also reports a clerk at the nearby Dollar Store spotted Copeland wearing the exact same thing as the man seen on video shooting Singh. An employee recognized Copeland and identified him to police.
Police showed up at Copeland’s last known address with a search warrant. He later approached officers and police arrested him without incident.
He faces life without parole or death. He had been out on probation and also had an outstanding warrant. He has an extensive criminal history.
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