Off-duty security guard shoots at robbery suspects

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A 29-year-old Detroit off-duty security guard opened fire on a group of armed robbery suspects early Thursday, according to police.

The man was walking home from work around 2:10 a.m. on West Seven Mile near Warrington, about a block east of Livernois, Officer Shanelle Williams said.

“Approximately four black male suspects in their 20s approached from a nearby BP gas station,” Williams said. “Someone from the group announced a holdup and produced a handgun.

“When the victim didn’t turn over his property fast enough, he was struck with a baton.”

The victim handed over “miscellaneous” personal items before pulling his concealed weapon, Williams said.

“He fired several times, striking one of the suspects multiple times,” she said. “That suspect is in custody.”

The 21-year-old suspect is hospitalized in serious condition, Williams said. The others fled on foot and remained on-the-run later Thursday morning.

The victim is a registered concealed-pistol license holder, according to police. The investigation remains on-going but no charges are anticipated against the victim at this time, Williams said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit police at (313) 596-1240 or (313) 596.1616. Anonymous tipsters also may contact Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) SPEAK-UP.

(313) 223-4616

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