NEW INFO: Bessemer PD says potential witness has contacted them about gas station clerk's death

Published: Dec. 16, 2015 at 2:18 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 23, 2015 at 2:18 PM CST
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Trenton Ray. Source: Mike Jones via Facebook
Trenton Ray. Source: Mike Jones via Facebook
Trenton Ray. Source: Facebook
Trenton Ray. Source: Facebook
(Source: Greg Long/WBRC)
(Source: Greg Long/WBRC)

BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) - Just hours after releasing his image, police say a potential witness in the death of a gas station clerk has come forward and is in contact with detectives.

Police say this man entered and left the store just minutes before the robbery and was traveling in a vehicle.

Sgt. Cortice Miles expressed his thanks to the public for their help.

Authorities have also identified the gas station clerk killed in an early morning robbery in Bessemer.

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office said 27-year-old Trenton James Way was killed around 1:30 a.m. during a robbery at the Kangaroo gas station on Highway 150 and Fairfax Avenue. He was a Dolomite resident.

Money and unknown items were also taken during the robbery, according to Bessemer Police Chief Nathaniel Rutledge. Shots were fired outside of the convenience store but no one was injured from those shots.

"Basically, you got a terrible situation, you have a person who has no regard for life or anything just came in took some money and some merchandise," Rutledge said.

Investigators are still searching for a suspect or suspects in the case.

Mike Jones, who employed Trenton Way at Event Operations Group, posted a message on Facebook expressing his sorrow over Way's death.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Bessemer police at 205-425-2411 or the Tip Line at 205-428-3541.

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