Fatal shooting by security guard ruled self-defense

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A 30-year-old security guard was arraigned Thursday on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon in the fatal shooting of a Detroit man but will not be charged in the death, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Dominique Davis, 30, did not have a permit to carry a weapon when she shot Melvin Johnson, 52, the prosecutor’s office said. She was found to have acted in self-defense, officials said.

Davis was arraigned Thursday in 36th District Court before Magistrate Millicent Sherman, officials said. She is due back in court Oct. 20 for a probable cause hearing and again Oct. 25 for a preliminary examination.

Both hearings are scheduled before 36th District Court Judge Shannon Holmes.

The incident occurred at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 260 block of Merton, officials said. Davis was working as a security guard when she observed Johnson allegedly stealing building materials from the location, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

“She blocked his truck in with her car, after a heated conversation, Johnson agreed she could get the stolen items from his truck,” the Prosecutor’s Office said in a release Thursday. “When she attempted to retrieve the items from the back of Johnson’s truck, Johnson put it in reverse and drove in the direction of Davis.”

Davis shot at Johnson, wounding him in his right shoulder. Davis immediately reported the incident to police and waited for them to arrive to the scene, officials said.

“Based upon a thorough review of the evidence it has been determined that Davis acted in lawful self-defense,” the Prosecutor’s Office wrote. “Under the law of self defense, a person must have an honest and reasonable belief that the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent imminent death or imminent great bodily harm.

“In this case based upon a thorough review of the evidence it has been determined that Davis acted in lawful self-defense.”


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