Suspect shot by police after confrontation at Roseville Home Depot

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 11, 2019

 A suspect was shot by police at the Home Depot store at 13 Mile Road and Little Mack Avenue in Roseville March 11.

A suspect was shot by police at the Home Depot store at 13 Mile Road and Little Mack Avenue in Roseville March 11.

Photo by Brendan Losinski

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ROSEVILLE — A suspect is in custody and receiving medical care after he was shot by Roseville police officers at the Home Depot located at 13 Mile Road and Little Mack Avenue.

The incident occurred at 5:20 p.m. March 11. According to police, it began with a call to police from the Baymont Motel, located at 20675 13 Mile Road. Witnesses at the motel said that there was an altercation and one of the individuals involved had a firearm.

When officers arrived, they did not find any of the individuals described in the call and began to search the area. Minutes later, the department received a second 911 call reporting that there was an individual at the nearby Home Depot waving around a gun and threatening to “kill everyone,” according to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.

As officers arrived on the scene, witnesses pointed out a 21-year-old man, later identified by Roseville police as Victor Oliver, of Detroit, who was standing near the main exit of the business. According to Roseville police and the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, as a Roseville police officer attempted to make contact, Oliver raised a handgun and opened fire. Two officers responded by discharging their firearms, according to police and the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, which said that Oliver was struck in the leg and upper right arm.

“This defendant walked into a crowded store with evil intentions. If not for the prompt, diligent actions of the Roseville Police, today our community could be mourning the tragedy of a mass shooting,” Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Smith stated in a press release. “In my 25 plus years as a prosecuting attorney, I rarely have seen such bravery and self-control exhibited by a group of police officers. The Roseville Police acted in exemplary fashion and should be commended.”

Police said Oliver attempted to flee on foot after being struck by the two rounds. One of the officers reportedly tackled Oliver and restrained him before calling for medical assistance and providing first aid.

Oliver is in custody at a local hospital, where he is in stable condition. On March 12, Oliver was charged with one count of assault with intent to murder — punishable by up to life in prison — and one count of felony firearm. Bond was set at $1 million cash or surety. Oliver’s next court date was scheduled for 8:15 a.m. March 20 in the 39th District Court. He did not yet have an attorney.

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