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61-year old Darius Summers is a simple mild-mannered musician trying to enjoy his life in Detroit.

On Sunday morning Summers was near his home on Detroit’s west side when he decided to head down to his local gas station/convenience store to pick up a cup of coffee. “I just wanted some coffee, so I walked down here,” Summers told the local media.

Summers was in the store when an armed teenager walked in and noticed that Summers too was armed, having recently received his license to carry concealed. The teenager, Xavier Futrell, must have seen Summers as an easy target because he immediately decided to try to rob the older man.

Futrell stuck his gun into Summers back and demanded that he hand over his firearm. “I’d never been through this. Never shot a gun before. All this is new to me,” Summers said. Summers then told Futrell,  “‘All I want to do is leave.’ He said, ‘You can’t leave.’ I said, ‘OK. What do you want to do?'” 

Summers said that the teenager was controlling the situation but he wasn’t about to let him take his gun from him. Summers pulled his gun and shot before the teen realized what was happening, catching the criminal by surprise, and ending the situation as painlessly as possible.

“I didn’t shoot to kill, I shot to save his life. I got him up off me,” Summers said.

The teenager scooped his fallen gun from the ground and limped outside to a waiting friend. The police soon caught up with the criminal and arrested him charging him with assault with intent to murder, carrying a weapon with unlawful intent and a felony firearms violation.

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