Armed Customer Saves Employee From Man Stabbing Him With Contaminated Needle

March 26 2014
by GSL Staff
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Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 12.00.41 AMAdd contaminated syringes to the list of things not to bring to a gunfight.

According to media reports, an armed customer saved an unarmed security at a Home Depot in Roseville, MI.

From the Detroit Free Press,

Berlin said Silva began to fight with store loss prevention officers in the parking lot when they tried to apprehend him for stuffing a $179 battery-powered drill under his coat. Silva pulled a concealed syringe from his jacket and used it as a weapon, swinging it around in a slashing motion, police said.

They said he stabbed one of the officers several times with the contaminated needle. Berlin said the victim had more than five puncture wounds on the top of his hand.

A customer with a concealed pistol license saw the fight, pulled out his handgun and told Silva to drop the syringe and get on the ground. Silva stopped fighting and sat down in the parking lot, police said, but jumped up and ran when he heard approaching police sirens. The loss prevention officers allowed him to run and police officers arrested him without further incident.

According to police, the needle was clearly used and had some sort of residue on it. The needle is being tested for any sign of serious communicable disease.

This is the 44th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Michigan and the 1,094th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

This incident is the most common type of defensive gun use. That is, one in which no shots were fired and no one was hurt by gunfire. Despite this being the most common type of defensive gun use, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides.

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