Gas station clerk arraigned in shooting of bystander during chip theft

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Detroit — The Detroit gas station clerk accused of shooting a bystander after pulling out a gun to stop a suspected potato chip thief was arraigned in court Friday, officials said.

Safaa Marzok

Safaa H. Marzok, 27, of Detroit, was charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, discharge of a weapon in a building and causing injury, tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice and five counts of using a firearm during a felony, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

He was arraigned in 36th District Court and his bond was set at $100,000 cash/surety. 

The charges stem from a shooting that happened at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at a Shell gas station in the 17700 block of West Warren Avenue, east of the Southfield Freeway. 

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Police say Marzok, who works at the gas station, got into an argument with the victim, Tavarlis Durham, 22, of Detroit.

After the men exchanged words, Marzok allegedly saw Durham holding the door open for another man who had taken several bags of potato chips and walk toward the exit without paying for them, according to officials.

Marzok allegedly retrieved a gun, ran from behind the store's counter and pointed the weapon at the man. As that man continued to walk to the door, Marzok fired the gun through a glass door, striking Durham. Durham was then taken to a hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound.

A probable cause conference was scheduled for 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 8. A preliminary examination is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15. Both hearings will be before Judge Michael Wagner.

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