Tips sought in Detroit businessman's slaying
As mourners marked a memorial service for a businessman slain in a shooting last weekend, Detroit Police James Craig on Tuesday urged the public to help investigators find two suspects wanted in connection with his death.
Lewis Putrus, who operated D&D Liquorland on the city's west side for more than 20 years, died in a "tragic, senseless" act, Craig told reporters during a press conference. "He was a friend to the Detroit Police Department and a friend to the community."
Authorities on Tuesday released surveillance footage and more details of the incident, which has prompted the Midwest Independent Retailers Foundation to offer a $10,000 reward for tips.
Putrus, 77, and a co-worker were leaving his store in the 16200 block of Schoolcraft at about 11 p.m. Saturday when two armed men approached and tried to rob them, Craig said.
A security camera captured one of the suspects, wearing a white-brimmed baseball cap, dark hooded jacket with light stripes and black-and-red gym shoes, searching Putrus at the store door a then moving to the other employee in the parking lot.
At one point Putrus, who has a concealed pistol license, pulled out his weapon; the suspect started running off and fired shots, striking him, Craig said.
Another camera in front of the business filmed the second suspect, clad in a knee-length black hooded jacket and dark boots, wielding a gun and pointing it at the co-worker before fleeing in the other direction.
Investigators believe both suspects live in the neighborhood, Craig said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (313) 596-2260. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.