WARREN (WWJ) – Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is praising a bank customer who gunned down a would-be robber.

Police have confirmed that 43-year-old Henry Mann, who was wounded in the shooting Monday at a Citizens Bank branch, near 9 Mile and Van Dyke, had been convicted of murder as a teenager.

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Mann was shot by a 60-year-old autoworker who was inside the bank at the time of the robbery.

Talking to WWJ Newsradio 950’s Zahra Huber on Wednesday, Mayor Fouts said the customer — who had a licence to carry a concealed firearm — likely averted a catastrophic situation.

“Because by stopping this gentleman — who had a gun pointed at him and also at the bank people — it could’ve been a disaster when he might have killed some other people,” said Fouts. “Or he might have got in his car and taken off and perhaps got in a horrible accident.”

Fouts said the shooter is to be commended; although he wants to make it clear that he’s not necessarily advocating everyone pull out a gun in such a situation.

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“So it’s not something that I would suggest people do,” Fouts added. “But in his case, he reinforced the idea that the Second Amendment right is a legitimate right if you exercise it in a careful, judicious way.”

Fouts said there were no other customers in the bank at the time.

“Had there been a lot of people there, it might’ve been a different situation, but as it was it was the right thing to do,” Fouts said. “At least this reinforces the point that it was important that a citizen, exercising his Second Amendment rights, was able to prevent, perhaps, a further tragic situation.”

Mann is now facing new charges of bank robbery and possession of a firearm. Investigators will submit their report to the Macomb County prosecutor later this week.

Meantime — with about $2,000 still missing — Fouts and bank officials are asking passersby who picked up money that blew into the street during the incident to please return the cash. (Fouts grants that that’s unlikely).

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This particular bank branch, authorities say, has been targeted by robbers at least 10 times over the past decade.