Business Owner Fatally Shoots Armed Robber Threatening Employees

A restaurant owner fatally shot a 33-year-old armed robber who was holding him and his staff at gunpoint.

Highland Park, MI – A Michigan business owner fatally shot an armed robbery suspect who confronted him inside a Highland Park restaurant at closing time.

The incident occurred at the Woodward Bistro at approximately 1 a.m. on Oct. 24 as the business owner was preparing to close up shop for the night, WXYZ reported.

The owner said that he went into a back office with a bartender and a waitress to conduct a cash count before the end of the day.

Police said that was when an armed suspect entered the restaurant and made his way back to the manager’s office, WXYZ reported.

The suspect, who had been to the restaurant as a patron in the past, pulled a rusted, .357 revolver out of his wool sock, and demanded that the business owner give him cash, according to WDIV.

Police said that the owner complied with his demands and handed over the money, WXYZ reported.

But police said the armed suspect wanted more.

“When he received that money, he turned his attention towards the bartender and was attempting to take her cell phone and rob her, as well,” Highland Park Police Detective Brian Mege told WXYZ.

So the business owner drew his own weapon - a concealed .40-caliber Glock handgun - and fired several rounds at the suspect, WDIV reported.

The 33-year-old robber was struck and died at the scene, according to WXYZ.

Police said the armed robber did not fire any rounds during the altercation.

However, the waitress was grazed by one of the bullets fired by her boss.

Det. Mege said that the graze wound was unintentional and that the waitress was a “victim of circumstance,” WXYZ reported.

She was transported to a local hospital, where she was treated and released.

Three customers who were inside the restaurant at the time of the robbery were not injured, according to WXYZ.

Police said that the business owner had a concealed weapons permit.

Once the police investigation into the incident is completed, the findings will be turned over to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

The prosecutor will determine whether or not the shooting was in self-defense, WXYZ reported.

Comments (32)
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retiredpco
retiredpco

So, is there a date to when the deceased family will sue?

makinbakin
makinbakin

it fucking better be self-defence or that DA needs to get his head examined

Anomie88
Anomie88

Well, the DA needs to determine if it was in self defense. Should take about 2 secs. A child could determine that. If that has to be given any thought, then the DA should go back to law school or take a course in common sense.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Bye Bye....

StevenF
StevenF

There is actually an argument is wasn't SELF defense, but that is irrelevant. It is CLEARLY defense of the person that actually had the robber's gun pointed at them. That is an IDENTICAL defense to that of self defense.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Were I to submit the finding; the document would conclude with the location and date of the community service award ceremony being held for the business owner. Glock owes him royalties for product promotion.

flybynight
flybynight

Why no mention of the perps name? NPN?

pat901$aol.com
pat901$aol.com

When do we get to see the picture of the dead robber in his 8th grade Cap & Gown..and his mama crying that he was a good boy...!

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Another BLM story with a happy ending.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Good job sir Charles Bronson will be proud of you

JR8859
JR8859

.40 cal rounds aren’t cheap. Send the bill to his family!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Good shooting! Another POS off the streets.

chessie58
chessie58

Highland Park, like Detroit, are good places to stay out of. Happy the business owner and employee are ok.

academy2013
academy2013

Why did they say the owner had a concealed weapons' permit? What if he didn't? Do you now need a permit to conceal carry on your own private property?

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Appeal that sentence!

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Good for him one less thug our tax dollars must pay for.of course mommie will say he was such a good boy..btw what is his race and age?

skipk1962
skipk1962

POS!