Deadly Clinton Township workplace shooting result of altercation between employees

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Two people were shot, one fatally, at a business in Clinton Township on Tuesday morning. 

The incident happened at about 8:45 a.m. at Reliable Fence on Groesbeck Highway near 15 Mile Road. 

Police said two employees at Reliable Fence got into an altercation and one of the men pulled a gun. Authorities said the argument between the employees has been an ongoing dispute.

A 34-year-old man was shot twice in the back as he ran away, according to police.

Other employees jumped on the gunman and one man was fatally shot during the scuffle.

“After the initial person got shot, the other employees ran over and were trying to wrestle the gun from the shooter,” Clinton Township police Capt. Richard Maierle. “The gun then went off and shot the business owner.”

Tom Badke, the 61-year-old business owner, was shot in the head and died at the scene.

The alleged gunman took off in a vehicle and was involved in a crash at Kelly and Woodbine roads in Roseville. He fled after the crash and was arrested after a foot chase.

The suspected shooter is 24 years old and is being lodged at the Clinton Township Police Station.

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