Man Dies After He Was Stabbed for Telling Other Man to Mask Up

By , WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) A man who was stabbed after telling another man to mask up in a Michigan convenience store has died.

WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports that, according to a close friend of the victim — 77-year-old John Duncan of Lansing — Duncan died at Sparrow Hospital weeks following the attack at a Quality Dairy in Windsor Twp.

On July 14, Michigan State Police said an argument broke out in the store, southwest of Lansing, when 43-year-old Sean Ruis walked in without a face covering.

"As you recall the incident, Mr. Duncan took on this other gentleman who didn't want to wear the mask," Skubick said.

After Ruis was refused service by store employees, the dispute escalated, and Ruis stabbed Duncan in the throat, according to police. 

Ruis got into his car and fled, but was pulled over by an Eaton County Sheriff's deputy.

As seen on body camera video, Ruis advanced on the deputy with a knife in his hand, refusing to drop it, and she shot him multiple times.

Ruis died of his injuries.

The incident happened just one day after stricter mask rules went into effect in Michigan. Under an executive order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, businesses are required to refuse entry or service to people who are not wearing a face covering, with few exceptions.

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