Suspect killed in deputy-involved shooting after mask fight was an MDOT employee

When Public Safety is sacrificed for Personal Interest: the Law, the Virus and Face Masks

Governor Whitmer’s latest, tougher order for masks to limit the spread of coronavirus went into effect Monday and applies statewide.

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WILX) – One man has died following an incident that began at a Quality Dairy located at 7120 Lansing Road in Dimondale around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Michigan State Police said a masked man from Lansing, 77, and an unmasked man from Grand Ledge, Sean Ruis, 43, got into an altercation regarding wearing masks. Police said the customer, Ruis, who was not wearing a mask was refused service by the store.

MSP said Ruis pulled out a knife and stabbed the 77-year-old Lansing man and then fled the scene from in a car. Police said a deputy with the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department located the suspect vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Jerryson Drive in Delta Township around 7:13 a.m.

MSP said Ruis immediately exited the vehicle and walked toward the deputy with a knife “in hand to attack the deputy.” Police said the deputy, a 22-year veteran, attempted to increase distance by backing up and “subsequently shot and injured” Ruis who was taken to the hospital and died during surgery. MSP said the deputy wasn’t injured.

The reaction of some in Law Enforcement to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s statewide mask mandate has been negative. In a previous statement, Sheriff Daniel Abbott from nearby Van Buren County publicly said he does not plan to enforce Whitmer’s order, which requires face masks be worn in both public indoor and crowded outdoor spaces, reports MLive

Gov. Whitmer giving mask mandate, 7/10/20
Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott (Courtesy: Van Buren County Sheriff) States refusal to enforce mask mandate.

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office will strive to protect its citizens and ensure that the constitutional rights and civil liberties given to every American are protected. We will dedicate our services to investigating crimes against persons and property and we will not pull valuable resources away from that to investigate complaints against the governor’s executive orders,” a statement from Abbott to MLive reads.

Source: WILX News and Detroit Free Press

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