DETROIT (WWJ) – A man was shot and killed Friday night after an apparent dispute over the price of condoms at a Detroit gas station.

WWJ’s Beth Fisher spoke to an employee at the BP gas station on Fenkell and Meyers, where the shooting took place on the city’s westside overnight. The employee said the argument was apparently over the price of a box of condoms.

He said the customer bought a box of condoms, but made a comment that he was overcharged and could have bought them somewhere else for a cheaper price. After being told he couldn’t get a refund, the customer allegedly began tossing items off the shelves. That’s when, according to the employee, the overnight clerk came out with a gun and fired a warning shot, which struck the customer in the shoulder.

Police say the customer was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Ron Scott, with the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, said they are working on conflict resolution between gas station owners and Detroiters, something they will be discussing at a meeting on Sunday.

“We can’t have this kind of attitude and this kind of disrespect for life. Whether it happens to people who work in the gas station or definitely if it happens to people in the community. From what I’m understanding, the price of a condom should not be somebody’s life,” said Scott.

Police say the store clerk, whose name has not been released, is in custody. An investigation is ongoing.

The shooting comes during an increase of violent crime in Detroit.

In another recent incident at a gas station, an 86-year-old World War II veteran was assaulted and his car was stolen in broad daylight. After several people passed by him as he crawled, unable to walk because his leg was broken in the attack, the man tried to pay a stranger to drive him home. The good Samaritan man drove him for free, and called an ambulance. Days later, a 21-year-old suspect was arrested. Charges are pending.

Detroit Councilman Kwame Kenyatta is drafting an ordinance that would require gas station owners to hire security guards to protect the public.

“And as we watch this man was beaten on camera and crawled into the station, never once did I see the proprietor, as well as the people who were going to that gas station, help that individual. We are saying secure your facility, safeguard us as a community,” said Kenyatta.

Scott said part of the problem is the general relationship between customers in the communities and gas station owners and employees.

“The problem basically is that you have people who work in the stations who do not have a reasonable relationship with the community, where the respect for the dollars that they spend is accorded to them in the terms of human respect. On the other hand, you do have people in the neighborhood who come in, or people who might engage in negative activity, where the lives of the owners are threatened,” said Scott.

What it comes down to, said Scott, is respect.

“I’ve been in similar situations in some of these stores where I’ve been disrespected. And now we’re talking about young, specifically African-American men. One of the major things in the community that you want is respect… and I think people here don’t have skills in terms of de-escalation of violence,” said Scott.

Other recent crimes in Detroit include a 27-year-old man who allegedly shot three people, two who died; a 14-year-old boy who apparently shot and killed his mother while she slept; two teens who are accused of shooting a 6-year-old boy during a carjacking spree; and a 9-month-old boy who died after someone sprayed his family’s home with bullets from an AK-47.

Comments (298)
  1. BrainMatter says:

    Maybe Obama and liberals are right?
    If insurance were companies forced to provide free condoms, this never would have had happened.

    Liberals should think about forcing insurance companies to provide free KY jelly, candles, silk sheets, Barry White CDs, and alcohol before some Obama voter flips out about the cost of these too.

  2. Auzzievick says:

    “…………….the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, said they are working on conflict resolution between gas station owners and Detroiters,”

    What the devil does this group have to do with private citizens? Apparently no one read their mission statement.

    I loved how the mayor of Detroit digressed on R-E-S-P-E-C-T, as if it some how has to do with violence. Hire private security guards for a gas station? Now I KNOW Detroit is the S***-hole I always thought it to be.

  3. “And now we’re talking about young, specifically African-American men. One of the major things in the community that you want is respect… and I think people here don’t have skills in terms of de-escalation of violence, said Scott.”

    Um, no this particular African-American didn’t want respect–he wanted cheaper condoms and when he didn’t get that, he started trashing the place like a gorilla gone wild. And I would say the clerk had the exact, precise skill to de-escalate the violence–he shot him.

  4. Norman Edwards says:

    Why in the world would we expect people to have “respect for human life” when our public schools teach them that they are a product of chance evolution?
    If we don’t expect well trained police to single-handedly intervene in dangerous situations, can we expect minimum-wage gas station attendants to do so?
    Will passing laws requiring gas stations to have security guards–who will also be minimum wage–make the situation any better? It will increase the price of gas.
    Our national leaders–both in government and big business–have ignored God and taught our people to do the same, replacing the true purpose of human life with economic greed. Nothing will get better until that changes.

  5. WhyNot says:

    Maybe these “young, specifically African-American men” should be taught to respect others. They don’t seem to understand that shooting your neighbors is not respectful behavior.

    1. NoBama says:

      I was thinking about going on vacation in Detroit; however, I think I’ll go someplace safer, like Baghdad.

  6. Rich White Guy says:

    Wow; Detroit sounds like a wonderful place to live. I wonder what the price of gas will be when gas station owners are forced to pay for 24 hour armed guards?

  7. Michael McSpick says:

    Respect? What a mororn to say that. If they don’t get respect, don’t spend money there. No respect is not an excuse.

    Make stations hire security to protect the public? Electing f-up’s like that councilman … you get what you deserve. Besides, all that the community (and that simpleton councilman) will do is complain when prices go up to cover the cost of the security.

  8. Noah Vaile says:

    So they want gas station owners to hire security guards? Who are what? Better trained or licensed to not hit what they are shooting at? Which was what? The ceiling? “Warning shot”? All over the price of condoms?
    Which will have to go up to cover the cost of security guards.
    Which is where the problem started. At least this one did.
    Glad I don’t live in Detroit.

  9. Shish says:

    Maybe Nasty Pelousy and the OBOZO administration could recruit him to testify before Congress about repealing the Second Amendment and having the Gov pay for your condoms could have prevented this.

  10. Joy says:

    The “clerk” should have given the young man the refund he asked for and none of this would have happen. I pray this “clerk” gets the death penlity and sits on death row thinking about the life he took. Did any of you that are expressing your opion on the victom know him? His name is Mike and he has a griving family. I had the pleasure of meeting Mike 2 years ago. He was a kind respectable young man. I know his Mother, his Aunts and his cousins. One of his Aunts is my best friend. Oh and by the way I’m white. So now lets look at the “clerk” fearing for his like at a B.P. station. He is in a bullet proof cubicle with a locked door. He has a switch in the bullet proof safe haven that will lock the doors to the store, to lock someone out or to lock someone in and call the police. So Mike ask for a refund and is told no and he knocks some Little Debbies on the floor. The clerk is now in fear of his life, a Twinkie might get through the bullet proof window and kill him. The “clerk” had a chose 1. lock the doors keep Mike inside and call the police 2. pick up his gun unlock the door to his bullet proof cubby walk around the corner and fire a shot stright at a person that had no weapon on them and killing them. He made a conscious decision to shoot someone. Sounds like murder to me.

    1. Huh? says:

      Well, I am so glad that you clarified to us all what a good person “Mike” WAS. Funny, everytime I read about some underpriviliged “youth” getting killed by something other than natural causes, they are ALWAYS “good keeids”. Well, “Mike” is a good “keeid” now. Oh, and, just curious, what does your being “white” have to do with your plee for compation in this thugs death? I am black, and I saw absolutely NO reason to inject my ethnicity into this, until I read your assinine comment.

      1. Joy says:

        Mike was not from an underprivilied family. They are not middle class americans but have worked hard and are in the upper class of our American society. My saying I’m white is for all the white people out there that think all blacks are bad. I did not inject your ethnicy I injected mine. Why are you taking this so personel? It has nothing to do with YOU. I don’t even know you. I know you’re black because you said so and I know you don’t know how to spell. Or is that your way of injecting your ethnicit persona. You’re not even proud of who or what you are. I find it hard to believe your parents named you Huh. Are you to ashame to sign your name to your “freedom of speech” comment. I will continue to stand up for Mike and be his voice. You however can continue to kick and spit on a man that is dead. It just shows your true carerter.

    2. YouReapWhatYouSow says:

      Is that so Joy? If that’s your idea of a good person maybe you should go eat a bullet as well.

      1. CBK says:

        @YouReapWhatYouSow…careful that your name doesn’t come back to bite you.

    3. CBK says:

      You are correct Joy– and clearly the only one on this thread with any true character or intelligence. I find it very interesting that most of these comments condone the shooting and assume the deceased man was a “thug.” He was wrong to knock over the food…but clearly that does not make him a thug. If he were White, these same people would be up in arms and crying about how he just lost his temper and should not have been killed over it. But what you’re witnessing on this thread is racism to the core– and the saddest part of all is these people have somehow convinced themselves that they are right because they are White. I just hope and pray that they will come to realize just how wrong they are and how much wrong sooo many Racist Whites have done throughout history. The time is coming soon when ALL will stand before the Lord and give account for their actions…whether they believe in him or not!

  11. White says:

    It sounds like the clerk de-escalated this conflict with a well placed warning shot to the face!

    Good shooting sir!

  12. Mannie says:

    At least no one was hurt.

  13. Brian says:

    Had the man who died shot and killed the clerk this story would be at most one paragraph and no politician (except maybe a really local one) would have uttered a word.

  14. CodeWriter1 says:

    So, Sandra Fluke lost a John?

  15. fredlave says:

    The best thing you could do with Detroit is tear it down, bulldoze everything flat and start all over.

  16. Scott says:

    So let me get this straight, “REQUIRE gas station owners to hire security guards”. Have you lost your mind? Do you have ANY idea how razor thin the profit margin is on gas or any other product in a gas station? To hire a security guard (I assume an armed one at that) is INCREDIBLY expensive and would either drive up the cost of everything inside that station, including fuel, or put it out of business. How about doing the smart thing and actually getting low-lifes off the street? If New York can clean themselves up as much as they have, even as liberal as they are, why not Detroit?

    1. herrdoktor says:

      A UNION security guard, no less.

  17. Piquerish says:

    Pathetic Detroit again? Well, maybe this time it was just a “Fluke.”

  18. Scott says:

    Ron Scott, with the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, said they are working on conflict resolution .

    Ron Scott needs to be fired for making such a comment. The gas station owner used self-defense which is called “conflict resolution”. Maybe Scott is one of these people that think talking about everything is going to make our world nice and pretty. That ain’t going to happen and it isn’t the real world. What the gas station employee could have done is to simply have returned the money and that would have settled it. However, who doesn’t realize that items at gas stations are high-priced for higher profits. That is basic business fundamentals 101. This is how they their money because gas sales do not make big profits for station owners.
    As for the customer, he had anger issues and probably had done this before but unfortunately, he did one last time that cost him his life.

  19. sgt bazz says:

    This Mike “kid” was about to get laid and he was more worried about the price of condoms?
    His priorities were definitely not in order. Shame. I hope his girl is back on the market.

  20. Jaquizz says:

    The ‘victim’ would have been better off keeping it in his pants obviously. One less moron breeding, so it’s not a bad thing.

  21. robert says:

    I’ve never seen any other group of people so worried about being ‘respected’ except the africans in America. If you want respect give some….don’t rob your stores, kill your neighbors or ot her family members, don’t rape your kids, don’t knife your teachers, don’t shoot strangers, don’t live off your mother or girlfriend, don’t stay unemployed, don’t do drugs…..maybe, just maybe you may actually earn some ‘respect’. Until then you deserve to be disrespected by everyone, every minute of every day.

  22. deedee says:

    If he would have just held out a little longer, he could have been GETTING FREE GOVT Birth control…

  23. Gary Johnson says:

    I think Sandra Fluke did it…..check it out….

  24. mike says:

    Respect? The clerk didn’t know how to communicate respect to a loud mouthed thug? How about the young rubber hunting punk showing respect and believing in what most of us consider normal courteous behavior. Or, don’t show up.

  25. Simple says:

    Why was the guy acting like a petulant child over the price of the product he sought to purchase? Either pay up of shut up!

  26. Really!! says:

    Detroit can’t have shooting crimes. They have strict anti-gun laws. Nobody is allowed to have one there. So this crime could not have happened nor any gun related crime mentioned in this article.

    1. herrdoktor says:

      not true, Detroit is not New York City on many levels, but there are no restrictive guns law in Detroit nor Michigan

  27. F_This says:

    The local government is going to force station owners to hire security guards to protect the public??? That is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Why is it the station owners responsibility to protect the public? Give the criminal democrats harsher sentences you morons.

  28. herrdoktor says:

    FYI: condoms are for STD prevention, birth control pills, IUD, etc are for contaception

  29. NYGlenn says:

    Didnt know the “denizens” in Detroit bothered wearing condoms.

    1. CBK says:

      Wow! I’m appauled at all of the racism on this thread! Are you people for real??

  30. artemis133 says:


    Where’s a tactical nuclear weapon when you need one!

  31. Terd Ferguson says:

    That was one hell of a “warning shot”! LOL

  32. Jason says:

    The idiot should have just gone and whined to Barbara Boxer who would then ask him to a special media dog and pony show like she did for that other idiot Ms. Fluke.

  33. PlayaCornRoz says:

    Imagine what the price of Jimmy Hats are going to be if Kwame be gettin’ his way and all of these gas stations are forced to hire ex-cons to insure that everyone can shop, pump and roll safely…I mean Security Guards…

    Ima hafta go bareback…kinoferdit!!!

  34. Magilla the Gorilla in the room says:

    TNB: It’s Dyn-O-Mite!

  35. JoeAllen says:

    Ron Scott does NOT understand the problem. The citizens of Detroit do NOT know how to behave in public. They do NOT respect other people’s property.

    The only solution is for all reasonable, hard-working people to MOVE FAR AWAY FROM THE WILD CRIMINALS of Detroit.

    1. Brendon Carr says:

      It *was* surprising to see Ron Scott’s statement blaming gas station owners/employees for bad relations with “the community” on not giving proper respect for the dollars spent, while at the same time sloughing off the violence and threats made against those owners and employees. There’s no connection or causation at all?

  36. BIGWUN says:

    Now I’m really confused! Were taxpayers supposed to buy the condoms so this would have never happened or were we supposed to have paid for the ammo and marksmanship lessons so the clerk would not have hit someone he was firing a “warning shot” at?

  37. wgl says:

    sounds like this is where the rubber meets the road

  38. finkle-fliffle says:

    What kind of low-life would anti-social POS would trash a store over a purchase price? Give Deeee-troit to Canada. Problem solved.

  39. Trojan Enz says:

    The condoms were a bargain for population reduction advocates.

    Not only do they prevent some human conceptions, in this case they reduced by one the ‘adult’ population.

  40. CBK says:

    Wow! How on earth did you find the time to meet every single person in the city of Detroit?

    1. skyehawk says:

      @ CBK ….You work for Kwame Kenyatta ? ……..Hate to break this to you , but after putting hundred’s of thousands of dollars into a business …A Convenience /Gas store can regulate their own profit margins on every thing from condoms to gasoline ..You as a consumer , choose to buy or not to buy …….Qbama has a war on OIL so the GAS prices are artificially high …The goods that are delivered to convenience stores are delivered by Trucks ….Trucks use fuel …the higher the price of fuel the higher the cost of condoms etc…….Got it ?

  41. Willey says:

    The problem with Detroit are the citizens.

  42. tim says:

    Never ever ever visit Detroit. Case closed.

  43. LeftistSuck says:

    Detroit is firmly in the hands of the DIMocrats, what a surprise the things have devolved to a lord of the flies style civilization

  44. timm engel says:

    BP should get an environmental clean-up award from EPA

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