Man Arrested in 'Unprovoked' Fatal Shooting of Panhandler at Detroit Gas Station

October 15, 2021, 1:37 PM by  Allan Lengel

Christopher Calvin Williams

A 19-year-old man is arrested in connection with the "unprovoked" fatal shooting of a panhandler at a Clark gas station at Dexter and Collingwood on Oct. 3.

Christopher Calvin Williams was picked up Thursday after community leaders helped pass out flyers earlier in the week to help track the killer, Detroit Police Chief James White said at a Friday afternoon press conference. 

He's charged in the murder of Denez Dupree, 43, who sometimes filled gas station customers' cars for tips. White said Dupress had emotional issues.

The suspect gave the panhandler money and then shot him, video shows. "It appears it was completely unprovoked," the chief said.

The victim was known in the neighborhood and by workers at the gas station.

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