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Man Pulls Gun Outside Holiday Market to Stop Knife-Wielding Man from Assaulting Couple with Baby

A series of quick thinking actions by citizens lead to the arrest of a Madison Heights man, Royal Oak Police report.

Royal Oak police are praising the quick actions of citizens for not allowing actions of a knife-wielding man to escalate in the parking lot of .

In the Monday incident, police say David Harold Shuten, 43, of Madison Heights approached a couple with an infant with a knife drawn after they saw him attempting to assault a man in a car.

Witness say Shuten was trying to break the driver’s side window of a vehicle occupied by a 49-year-old man. When the driver of the vehicle was able to escape without injury, Shuten turned his attention on the couple and child, according to a news release issued Thursday by the .

As Shuten approached the couple, another customer in the parking lot who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon pulled out his firearm and ordered Shuten to drop the knife. After several commands to drop his weapon, Shuten complied and sat on the ground.

Royal Oak Police said they received numerous 911 calls and arrived on the scene and arrested Shuten without incident. No one was injured.

Shuten was arraigned Wednesday in in Royal Oak before Judge Terrence Brennan on two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Additionally, Shuten had a warrant for probation violation out of Oakland County Circuit Court for resisting-obstructing a police officer, according to the news release.

Mortimer Snerdley March 10, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Bravo Zulu to the CCW holder. Perhaps the couple with the baby will now check into getting their own CPL's? One can only hope.
Judy Davids March 10, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Thanks for the clarification. We are really happy everyone is safe.
unnamed February 07, 2013 at 12:06 AM
He was crying for help and never out to hurt anyone. Does anybody ever think of that, instead of throwing the book at someone or taking things way out of content. Don't you think he might have a family and what this and always do to him and his family. To say the rotten things said about him and you don't even know him or what actually happened. You call 911 to come to your home for medical help and the police beat you up in your home, in front of your family for no reason and then lie about it causing charges against a inocent person. And you take every cent you have to fight for what is right and the force all stays together and lies. What do you think will happen to a person? But to cry for help
Lianne Mathie February 07, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Crying for help with a knife in his hand, um??????? Lets see what the witnesses say.
Mark Itall February 07, 2013 at 03:55 AM
Unnamed, Worst post ever. He pulled a knife on people, you have NO idea what he wa going to do. Saying he was never out to hurt anyone is simply touchy feely BS. We are lucky he didn't hurt anyone and he is lucky he wasn't shot dead. The rest of your post is inane drivel, almost 1 YEAR afterwards. Were you sleeping since last March?

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