A Home Depot customer with a concealed weapons permit was able to stop a Home Depot loss prevention officer from getting stabbed with a drug needle. The incident took plate at a Roseville, MI Home Depot parking lot.
It’s ironic how the loss prevention officer was outmatched by the drug-needle-carrying man, and it took an armed citizen to put a stop to the stabbing, potentially saving the security officer’s life.
Joshua J. Silva, 26, has a history of addiction to heroin, but reportedly he was not on drugs at the time of the assault.
The incident began in the Home Depot when Silva was caught trying to steal a $179 battery-powered drill. Some loss prevention officers approached Silva about the theft in the parking lot and that’s when Silva pulled out a syringe and started swinging it around in a slashing motion.
One of the officers was stabbed several times with the contaminated needle and police say he ended up with at least 5 puncture wounds on his hand.
And that’s when a gun carrying customer saw what was going on and decided to intervene:
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.
The citizen told police he got involved because the suspect was so violent and appeared to “be getting the best of” the loss prevention officers. He said he feared if he didn’t get involved, the suspect was going to kill one of the store officers, police said.
Funny how the man stopped fighting when a good guy with a gun showed up but he ran when the police showed up.
The loss prevention officer was treated at a local hospital. The armed citizen was not interested in any media interviews. He just stopped a situation from getting much worse and possibly saved a life, but he was not in it for the fame or attention. And that’s what the major media outlets will never understand.
Good luck trying to find this story on the news tonight. It does not meet the agenda of gun control activists when a gun owner stops a crime, but this kind of thing happens all the time.
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