Man fatally shot during scuffle after trying to steal meat from truck at Eastern Market, police say

Employee receives gunshot wound to leg

DETROIT – A man is dead after being shot during a scuffle in Eastern Market, according to Detroit police.

Police said three trucks were delivering meat at Eastern Market when an employee saw two men in the back of the truck, trying to steal meat.

The employee got into a scuffle with the two men, and the driver of another truck noticed. He said one of the suspected thieves was reaching for a weapon, so he fired a shot, fatally wounding one of the suspects.

The shooting happened at the corner of the Fisher East Service Drive and Riopelle Street at Eastern Market.

"One of the fellas was scuffling," witness Larry Arnone said. "We had, maybe about three months ago, somebody broke into their truck. So I ran over there to go see if I had to give them a hand and I heard the gunshot. We walked over there and the (man) was lying in the street. Kind of scary."

Police said the employee involved in the scuffle has a gunshot wound to his leg. They aren't sure if it came from the same bullet or if one of the suspects had a gun.

The driver who fired the shot is in custody being questioned, police said. The gun belongs to him, but it's unknown if he has a Concealed Pistol License.

UPDATEMan who fatally shot meat thief will not face charges

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