Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered that everyone in the state wear masks in public places in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, at about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, two men at a convenience store reportedly got into a dispute about one of them not wearing a mask.
The two men were at Quality Dairy in Dimondale when the dispute started. An unidentified 77-year-old man reportedly took exception to another man — later identified as Sean Ruis, 43, of Grand Ledge — not wearing a mask. An altercation spilled out into the parking lot, according to the Lansing State Journal, where police say Ruis pulled out a knife and stabbed the elderly man.
Ruis then allegedly fled the scene in a car.
The victim was taken to an area hospital, where he is reportedly in stable condition.
Michigan State Patrol Lt. Brian Oleksyk said that at about 7:13 a.m., an Eaton County sheriff's deputy spotted Ruis' vehicle several miles away and initiated a traffic stop.
Ruis reportedly stepped out of his vehicle, armed with his knife, and reportedly walked towards the deputy as if to attack him or her. The deputy ordered Ruis to drop the knife, and attempted to step back in order to put some distance between their self and Ruis, and ultimately shot the alleged assailant.
Video of the incident was captured on a neighbor's security camera, and was released in a tweet, which can be seen by clicking here. Be warned: the video contains content that may be disturbing to some viewers.
Ruis, a former worker with the Michigan Department of Transportation's road crew, later died in surgery at a Lansing-area hospital.
A neighbor of Ruis said that he and his partner were quiet and kept to themselves.
Meanwhile, the deputy, whose name has not been released, has been identified as a 22-year veteran of the sheriff's department.
According to The Detroit News, this is the second time someone in Michigan has died as a result of a mask dispute. In May, a security guard at a Flint Family Dollar location was fatally shot after a reported altercation with a customer who was not wearing a mask.
In another violent, mask-related incident, a clerk at a grocery store near Traverse City reported that a customer pulled a knife on her when she asked him to wear a mask.