Suspect who pointed gun at father holding 7-month-old son at Detroit gas station, charged

Eric Butler
Photo credit Detroit Police Department

DETROIT (WWJ) -- The suspect who pointed a handgun at a man holding a small baby inside a Detroit gas station has been charged.

The Wayne County Prosecutors Office has charged Euric Butler, 51, on Thursday, with felonious assault, felony firearm and brandishing a weapon in public following his arrest on Monday.

He was arraigned Thursday around 10:30 a.m. in the 36th District Court.

Police said the incident happened at 5:50 p.m. Sunday, Father's Day, in the area of Hubbell and Tireman Ave. on the city's west side.

As seen in Project Green Light footage released by the DPD on Monday, the suspect — wearing a tan bucket hat and white tank top — pulls a handgun from the waistband of his shorts as he walks into the business.

Photo credit Detroit Police Department

The gunman points the weapon at a 25-year-old man standing just inside the store, as the man is holding a small baby in his arms just a few feet away.

The victim acts quickly, throwing an arm up in an attempt to protect himself and the infant. He knocks the gunman's hand away and there is a short scuffle before the armed suspect goes back out the door.

Detroit Police Commander Michael Chambers said a preliminary investigation found that the two men were strangers who'd gotten into an argument outside.

The baby, he told WWJ Newsradio 950's Sandra McNeill, is the victim's 7-month-old son.

Chambers said thankfully, no one was hurt.