Sean Ernest Ruis Killed After Stabbing Man In Fight Over Refusal To Wear Mask In Michigan
A man from Michigan was shot and killed by a police officer after stabbing someone over wearing a mask, just one day after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) required facial coverings while entering a store. Police identified the man to be 43-year-old Sean Ernest Ruis.
On Tuesday morning, Ruis went into a Quality Dairy convenience store in Windsor Township without wearing a mask. Ruis was told by employees that it was required to have a facial covering, and he then got into an argument with other customers in the store.
After being refused service, the argument escalated and Ruis allegedly pulled a knife out and stabbed a 77-year-old man. The victim survived his injuries and is currently being treated for them.
Ruis drove away in his car and drove to Delta Township before being pulled over by an Eaton County Sheriff.
Police stated, “The deputy attempted to increase distance by backing up and subsequently shot and injured the suspect.”
Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick added to WWJ Radio, “She approached the car and he approached her with a knife, and she shot and killed him.” Ruis was taken to a local hospital where he died from his gun wound.
There is a current open investigation looking into both the stabbing and the shooting.
The incident comes just one day after Gov. Whitmer signed an executive order requiring businesses to refuse entry or service to those who do not wear a mask. Consequences include a misdemeanor charge and a $500 fine. Businesses face having their licenses temporarily suspended if they do not comply.