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Police: 1 Dead, 1 Wounded In Shooting At Detroit's Eastern Market

Dispute involved a delivery of meat

May 23, 2018 - 1:45 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Police are investigating a fatal shooting involving a meat delivery at Detroit's Eastern Market.

Speaking to reporters at a news conference, Detroit Police Assistant Chief Arnold Williams said it happened Wednesday morning outside a business on Winder Street, near Orleans Street.

According to Williams, a trucking company employee was delivering a shipment of meat to the location, when he noticed two people stealing some cases of meat. 

The driver got into a scuffle with the suspected thieves, Williams said; and at some point, the owner-operator of the business saw what was happening and intervened.

That man told police that, when one of the thieves reached for a weapon, he drew his own handgun and fired one shot. One of the alleged thieves was killed, Williams said. The second fled the scene. 

The owner-operator was not injured, Williams said, but the delivery driver who was in the scuffle suffered a "non-life threatening" gunshot wound to the leg. Police are not sure yet how, exactly, that injury came about. 

The fatal victim had a box cutter in his possession, but police did not find any additional firearms.  

Both the handgun and the man who fired it are in police custody, Williams said, as an investigation continues.

Do police believe the shooting was justified?

"That's going to be up to the prosecutor to decide," Williams said. "What we're going to do is we're going to put a case together and submit it, and the prosecutor whether they'll charge or not charge."

James Harper, who says he works in Eastern Market every day, told WWJ's Vickie Thomas he was trying to make a delivery himself when he encountered the crime scene.

"Over meat? Right, just the smallest thing; but the smallest things lead to the largest things," Harper said. "So you try to have a philosophy, I mean, treat people the way you want to be treated...but these people don't know how to treat anybody, period. It's a darn shame."

Harper said he's been waiting to see an end to the senseless criminal activity in Detroit. 

"You know, what? I always want to think, oh, we're going to get over it. We're not going to get over it," he said. "Because the select few that do try, there's going to be people that try this, and this will be the unfortunate end to it."

No names have been released as a Detroit police investigation continues.