A Michigan sheriff's appointee on Tuesday lethally shot a man associated with wounding another man who had challenged him about not wearing a mask at an accommodation store, police said.
The shooting happened in Eaton County, southwest of Lansing, around 30 minutes after the wounding at a Quality Dairy store, state police Lt. Brian Oleksyk said.
A sheriff's representative recognized the man's vehicle in a private neighborhood and shot him when he attempted to assault her with a blade, Oleksyk said.
Sean Ruis, 43, of Grand Ledge, who worked at the Michigan Department of Transportation, died at a medical clinic. He was associated with wounding a 77-year-elderly person inside the store when he was confronted against about not wearing a mask, Oleksyk said.
The stabbing victim was in stable condition at an emergency clinic. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has requested individuals to wear masks in stores to decrease the danger of spreading the coronavirus.
The choice about whether to wear a mask out in public for certain has become a political articulation, and there have been different examples of violent experiences over masks. In May, a security monitor at a Family Dollar store in Flint was lethally shot in the wake of denying passage to a client without a mask.