ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say former boxing champion Vernon Forrest exchanged gunfire with robbery suspects before being shot to death.

Lt. Keith Meadows said Monday that investigators believe between 20 and 24 shots were fired from two guns. Meadows says police recovered Forrest’s gun and one shell casing belonging to that gun was recovered.

Police say Forrest had stopped at a gas station Saturday night and was putting air in his tire at the time of the robbery. He was shot multiple times in the back.

Investigators returned to the crime scene Monday to search for more shell casings but didn’t find any.

Forrest was a former IBF welterweight and two-time WBC junior middleweight champion with a 41-3 career record. He was on the 1992 Olympic team.


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