Man killed over a condom
A man from Detroit has been shot and killed on Friday reportedly over the price of condoms at a BP gas station in Detroit. The argument occurred when a man, named locally as Michael Haynes II, complained about the price of condoms the gas station shop was selling.
The incident arose when the shop keeper refused to refund the condoms after Haynes complained that he could buy them cheaper elsewhere, he reportedly then went berserk inside the store, screaming and tossing items off the shelves. It was at that point, the overnight clerk who refused him a refund came out with a gun and fired a warning shot which hit Haynes in the shoulder.
According to police, Haynes was taken to a local hospital by a friend where he later died from his wound after losing a large amount of blood. According to the store clerk, he only meant to fire a warning shot and did not mean to hit Mr Haynes, local Police are currently reviewing CCTV footage from inside the store and have the cashier in custody.
Detroit police spokeswoman Sgt Erin Stephens spoke to news agencies and stated that she was uncertain whether there was any surveillance footage, but that the investigation of the “verbal altercation” was on going and that any charges would be filed at a later date at the discretion of the Wayne County prosecutors.
According to other reports it’s not the first incident the cashier has brandished a gun, a frequent customer at the BP station where the incident happened says he’s seen the clerk pull out a gun during verbal arguments before.
There was a meeting held on Sunday to discuss the incident, Ron Scott, with the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, said they are working on conflict resolution between gas station owners and Detroiters.
He said: “We can’t have this kind of attitude and this kind of disrespect for life. Whether it happens to people who work in the gas station or definitely if it happens to people in the community. From what I’m understanding, the price of a condom should not be somebody’s life. A lot of people here especially in the black community have had issues with the gas station owners. Well of course some of the gas station owners have died too and what we were trying to do was bridge the gap,”
Adding in regards to Friday’s incident and outcry from activists, Ron Scott said: “We try to deal with conflict resolution and mediation.”
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