WZZM 1:42 p.m. EDT
March 25, 2014
(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - An Eastpointe man suspected of shoplifting from a Roseville store stabbed a loss prevention officer with a contaminated syringe and didn’t stop slashing with the needle until a customer pulled out a handgun and ordered the man to drop the syringe, Roseville police said today.
A customer with a concealed pistol license saw the incident, pulled out his handgun and told the suspect to drop the syringe and get on the ground.
Silva stopped fighting and sat down in the parking lot, police said. When he heard approaching police sirens, he jumped up and ran. The loss prevention officers allowed him to run and police officers arrested him without further incident.
The citizen, who told police he wished to remain anonymous, told police that he got involved because the suspect was so violent and appeared to “be getting the best of” the loss prevention officers. He said he feared if he didn’t get involved, the suspect was going to kill one of the store officers, police said.
The wounded loss prevention officer was treated at a local hospital. Neither he nor the good Samaritan was interested in a media interview, Berlin said.