Safaa Marzok

Mugshot Safaa Marzok / Background photo credit Mike Campbell/WWJ

Detroit Gas Station Clerk Charged In Shooting Over Stolen Chips

July 26, 2019 - 4:16 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A Detroit gas station clerk is facing a slew of charges, including attempted murder, in the shooting of a young man whose friend was trying to steal some chips.

It happened Tuesday, according to authorities, at the Shell station in the 17700 block of W. Warren, near the Southfield Freeway, on the city's west side.

Safaa H. Marzok, 27, was working at the gas station when he got into an argument with a 23-year-old man and his companion, 22-year-old Tavarlis Durham of Detroit.

After words were exchanged, Marzok told investigators that Durham was holding the door for the other man who took several bags of potato chips and tried to walk out without paying. At that time, it's alleged that Marzok grabbed a gun, ran out from behind the counter and pointed the weapon at the man holding the chips.

As the alleged shoplifter continued walking toward the door, prosecutors say Marzok fired the gun through the glass door, striking Durham. 

Durham was transported to a local hospital in serious condition, while both Marzok and the theft suspect were arrested.

Marzok is charged with two counts assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, discharge of a weapon in a building causing injury, tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice and five counts using using a firearm in commission of a felony.

He was arraigned in 36th District Court Friday and ordered held on a $100,000 cash/surety bond. 

No charges have been announced against the attempted shoplifter whose name was not released.