Man Stabbed In Argument Over Mask In Stable Condition; Investigations Ongoing

WWJ News
July 16, 2020 - 1:09 pm
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(WWJ) The condition of a Lansing man stabbed in a store in an argument over wearing a mask is improving. 

The 77-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, was initially listed in serious condition at a hospital following the incident at a convenience store in Windsor Twp. on Tuesday.

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On Thursday, Michigan State Police said the man was "alert," and that he has been upgraded to stable condition. 

Sheriff Tom Reich says one of his deputies remains on administrative leave after she shot and killed the alleged stabber — 43-year-old Sean Ruis — after she pulled him over.

Seen on body cam video released by the sheriff, Ruis comes at the deputy with a knife, as she orders him to drop it. When Ruis charges her, the deputy shoots him multiple times. 

"She backed away from him while repeatedly ordering him to drop the weapon, but he continued to advance and attack and she acted in defense of her life,"  Reich said, in a statement following the shooting. 

The deputy, a 22 1/2 year veteran with Eaton County Sheriff’s Department, was not hurt. Ruis died at a local hospital.

Reich called it a "senseless, tragic incident."

Just about half-an-hour before the shooting, police said Ruis got into a dispute with other customers a Quality Dairy store over his refusal to wear a mask. After he was refused service, it's alleged that he stabbed one of the people who told him he must mask up. 

The MSP First District, which is handling the investigation into the shooting, said Thursday that the deputies name will not be released at this time.

Investigations into both the shooting and the stabbing are ongoing. 

This all came just a day after stricter mask rules went into effect in Michigan. Under an executive order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, businesses are now required to refuse entry or service to people who are not wearing a face covering, with few exceptions.