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SEE IT: Anti-masker stabs elderly man, gets killed by veteran cop


A Michigan man who was refused service because he wouldn’t wear a mask in a convenience store stabbed an elderly customer before being shot dead by a female police officer.

Michigan State Police said Sean Ernest Ruis was killed Tuesday morning following a conflict that began when he entered a Quality Dairy store at 6:45 a.m. without a facial covering to protect other patrons. Ruis, 43, was refused service. He allegedly became involved in a dispute with a 77-year-old shopper as well, whom he stabbed.


Ruis allegedly fled the scene, but was stopped by an Eaton County police officer nearly half an hour later. Michigan State Police tweeted that Ruis exited his vehicle holding a knife, then approached the officer, who defended herself with a firearm. Video of the incident appears to show Ruis walking toward the officer’s car. The patrolwoman backs away, then opens fire.

“The deputy attempted to increase distance by backing up and subsequently shot and injured the suspect,” cops claimed. “The suspect was transported to a hospital and died during surgery.”

Both Ruiz and the stabbing victim were white men, police said. The officer is not named, but she is identified as a veteran cop with more than 22 years on the force.

The elderly man who was stabbed was taken to a hospital in serious condition and is expected to survive, local NBC affiliate WILX reported.

The entire episode remains under investigation.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an order last week mandating masks indoors and in some public areas, according to Michigan Live. Businesses are required to enforce that mandate.

Ruis’ death is not the first mask-related killing in Michigan. In early May, a Family Dollar security guard in Flint was shot and killed after asking a customer to wear a mask.

Whitmer’s state made international headlines in May when armed demonstrators, some reportedly bearing swastikas and nooses, descended upon the capital to protest lockdown orders meant to stop the spread of COVID-19.

More than 77,000 infections and 6,300 coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in Michigan. More than 40 new cases have been traced to a house party held in earlier this month, CNN reports. Most of the infected were between 15 and 25 years of age.