Just a cook? He fatally shot an armed robber

The attempted robbery and subsequent shooting Sunday morning was one of several incidents of violence in Detroit over the weekend. (Photo: Click on Detroit)

The attempted robbery and subsequent shooting Sunday morning was one of several incidents of violence in Detroit over the weekend. (Photo: Click on Detroit)

An attempted robbery at a restaurant in Detroit Sunday morning didn’t quite work out as planned when the cook, who was armed with a gun, opened fire on the suspect and killed him.

While about 20 people were dining at Pete’s Grill and Coney Island on the city’s east side, the suspect walked in and said he was robbing the place. Robert Felton, who was in the business at the time, told local media that the suspect was pointing the gun at everyone, telling them all to get down and not move, while demanding the workers “get to the register.”

Felton said the suspect, who was only described as an adult male, was waving the gun back and forth, and everyone was complying with his demands and getting on the floor.

But unbeknown to the suspect, he wasn’t the only one in the building with a gun.

“Next thing I know, I hear a bunch of gunshots,” Felton said.

The cook, who also had a gun, had opened fire on the would-be robber, striking him multiple times. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities believe that the cook acted in self-defense, and while no charges have been filed at this time, the incident is still under investigation.

“When you are being threatened with a weapon and you face a split second decision, you make your decision based on the information you have in front of you at that moment,” said Sgt. Cassandra Lewis, spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department.

She said authorities are working to determine if the evidence they gather lines up with everyone’s recollection of what transpired.

Meanwhile, Felton called it a “good thing” that the cook was there.

“The guy that works here, he’s a hero,” Felton said. “He’s really a hero.”

Latest Reviews

  • Tuck & Carry: CCW in a Skirt

    Aimed at those who want the comfort and convenience of a skirt but with the protection of a holstered gun, the Tuck & Carry occupies what I term apparel holsters -- that is clothing/holster duos.

    Read More
  • The Marlin Dark in .45-70 is Stealthy and Modern

    Flash forward the lever gun of Western lore to the 2020s, where Marlin has taken that classic design and given it a modern upgrade. Meet the Marlin Dark.

    Read More
  • Gear Review: Sig Sauer Tango 6T 1-6

    Sig Sauer has long been a big name in the firearms industry, so it came as no surprise several years ago when Sig filled out its repertoire with its own optics line. Today, we’re looking at the Tango 6T, a 1-6 low power variable optic.

    Read More
  • First Look: Hornady 6mm ARC

    Hornady brought another impressive project to the shooting public in 2020 with the introduction of the 6mm Advanced Rifle Cartridge.

    Read More

Loading