New details emerge in Circle K shooting case, man shot and killed was employee

Published: Mar. 25, 2021 at 11:12 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2021 at 12:46 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - New details on what led up to the fatal shooting at Circle K on Apalachee Parkway Tuesday morning have emerged.

The shots rang out just before 11 a.m. across the street from the DMV.

WCTV’s Katie Kaplan spoke with the Tallahassee Police Department to find on what they said happened.

Court documents describe a scene out of the Wild West. The shoot-out happened in broad daylight at the Circle K, which then allegedly spilled out onto the streets of Tallahassee.

While there was a much different scene at the Circle K on Thursday afternoon, there are remnants of the chaos that erupted.

“I guess coming out the store, now you kind of have to make sure you watch your back,” said Harrison Smith, a Tallahassee resident who frequents the Circle K.

A six-page probable cause affidavit alleges that the exchange of gunfire followed a workplace dispute.

One of the alleged gunman, 28-year-old Deltroy Barnes, was recently fired by the store manager. The store manager’s boyfriend, 29-year-old Darius Sparks, also fired shots, according to police.

Court documents show both men, who are already felons, got into a verbal argument which then escalated to violence.

The parking lot was riddled with shell casings, and an innocent bystander who was smoking a cigarette near the ice machine was caught in the crossfire and died at a local hospital. In a statement to WCTV, Circle K confirmed the man who died was a store employee.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of our Circle K employees who was shot on March 23 at our store on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee, FL,” Circle K’s statement says. “He was taken to the hospital but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in these very difficult times. I want to emphasize that the safety of our employees is an absolute priority for Circle K and we are fully cooperating with the authorities in their investigation.”

Anthony Filippone, who lives close by the Circle K, said, “I’m glad they caught ‘em, really. I didn’t want a killer running around the neighborhood with my wife or my mom.”

Barnes’ wife was also shot in the leg during the exchange.

Police say the violence then continued out onto Apalachee Parkway with a vehicle chase weaving in and out of traffic and Sparks shooting out the windshield of his car. Barnes described to police that he heard shots and a ‘ping’ as he drove away.

Police arrested him at the hospital where he brought his wife for treatment. Police arrested Sparks at a nearby apartment complex just down the road.

Both men now facing felony murder charges, among several others.

Both Barnes and Sparks made their first appearances Thursday and were ordered to be held without bail. Barnes has been appointed a legal defender by the state and Sparks has hired a private attorney.

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