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Detroit — What began as an armed robbery attempt turned deadly early Tuesday morning when the intended victim shot and killed the suspect.

The incident occurred at about 1:05 a.m. at the Mobil gas station on Seven Mile and Meyers on the city’s west side.

Station manager Jay Jawad said the incident played out at an outside service window at the station.

“The gentleman who came to the window is a local, he comes here every day,” Jawad said. “He came to the outside window to buy cigarettes. The guy who tried to rob him had been hiding in a bus booth at the corner waiting to rob someone.”

According to Jawad, the suspect first walked into the station and then walked out again.

“He was dressed all in black and wearing a black hoodie,” Jawad said. “Outside, he went up to my customer and pulled a gun on him. My customer said he didn’t have any money, then he pulled out his gun. He was faster and shot the guy.”

Jawad said the shooter was really shaken up by the incident.

“He sort of wandered away and then he came back,” Jawad said. “We called 911 and so did he. The police came and questioned him and then took him away in a police car. They towed away his car, which was at pump No. 2.”

Police also took videos from the station’s security system.

“They were here until about 4:30 a.m.,” Jawad said. “I never saw the dead guy before. Don’t think he was a local. It’s sad somebody got killed, but it was self-defense. It was justified.”

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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