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Michigan man killed by police after stabbing elderly man in mask dispute

NOW: Michigan man killed by police after stabbing elderly man in mask dispute

EATON COUNTY, Mich. --- A deadly police shooting unfolded in Michigan on Tuesday morning after the suspect killed refused to wear a mask inside a store, then stabbed an elderly man who confronted him.

Investigators say the 43-year-old suspect, Sean Ruis, stabbed a man during a confrontation at an Eaton County store.

Ruis got into an argument over masks with a 77-year-old man who was wearing and Ruis was not. Ruis then allegedly stabbed the 77-year-old victim during the confrontation before driving off.

A sheriff’s deputy later spotted the vehicle and pulled Ruis over.

Ruis allegedly pulled a knife on the deputy and that is when the long-time deputy pulled out her gun and opened fire.

“The suspect immediately gets out of his car, approaches and attacks the deputy with that knife,” Michigan State Police Lt. Brian Oleksyk said. “She is retreating…ordering him to put his weapon, his knife down and backs up and at that time she defends herself from being attacked with that knife and she shoots the suspect.”

Ruis later died while in surgery.

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