Fatal Shooting – Clerk Was Acting in Self-Defense

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Detroit, MI – A prosecuting attorney found that a gas station clerk who shot and killed a man was acting in self-defense.

On November 25, around 1 in the morning, Yaqoub Nagi, 17, walked behind the counter of a Citgo gas station in Detroit. Nagi was holding something with his hands together and pointing like he had a gun when the 28-year-old clerk approached him.

The clerk fired several shots, hitting Nagi in the upper body multiple times. When the police arrived, they found Nagi dead from the gunshot wounds behind the counter.

A press release said, “It has been determined that the clerk acted in lawful self-defense when he fatally shot Mr. Nagi.”

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said, “Under Michigan law, an individual who is not engaged in committing a crime may use deadly force against another anywhere he/she has a legal right to be with no duty to retreat. The individual must honestly and reasonably believe that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself, or to another individual.”

Michigan 780.972 Use of deadly force by an individual not engaged in commission of crime; conditions.

Sec. 2.

(1) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses deadly force may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if either of the following applies:

(a) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent death of or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another individual.

(b) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent sexual assault of himself or herself or of another individual.

(2) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses force other than deadly force may use force other than deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if he or she honestly and reasonably believes that the use of that force is necessary to defend himself or herself or another individual from the imminent unlawful use of force by another individual.

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Brian Armstrong grew up in a small farm town in rural Indiana and learned to shoot before he learned to drive. His career began in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where he worked as a firefighter and a medic before moving to Chicago. Throughout the years, he has owned multiple businesses, from construction to technology. He is back to his emergency services roots -teaching emergency first aid and firearms courses, along with writing for numerous publications.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Hello Let’sTalk!

    One thing to remember about Michigan, is that they have liberal prosecutors, liberal judges, and a liberal governor. The cities are liberal, so that’s why Michigan is liberal. But at least Wayne County has one prosecutor who can tell a self-defense case when he sees one.

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