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A 28-year-old gas station store clerk*, of Dearborn, will not be charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Yaqoub Nagi,17, of Detroit, at a Citgo gas station located in Detroit. It has been determined that the clerk acted in lawful self-defense when he fatally shot Mr. Nagi.

On November 25, 2023, at approximately 1:07 a.m., Detroit police officers were dispatched to a gas station in the 9100 block of Dearborn Street for a reported shooting. Upon their arrival, officers detained the 28-year-old man, who was working as the store clerk. They observed Mr. Nagi lying inside the gas station, behind the door to the front counter suffering from gunshot wounds to his upper body. Medics arrived on the scene and pronounced him deceased.

The investigation revealed that at approximately 1:05 a.m., Mr. Nagi entered the gas station and walked behind the clerk's counter. When the clerk confronted him, he observed Mr. Nagi holding an object with his hands together pointing as if he had a handgun. The clerk fired multiple shots, fatally wounding the victim. The clerk remained on the scene until the police arrived.

After a thorough review of the facts and evidence the warrant has been denied because the clerk was acting in lawful self-defense. Under Michigan law an individual who is not engaged in committing a crime may use deadly force against another anywhere he/she has a legal right to be with no duty to retreat. The individual must honestly and reasonably believe that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself, or to another individual.

"Last summer, there were a series of shootings at Detroit gas stations - some of them resulted in a loss of life. This case is yet another deadly shooting in a gas station, but the facts are very different. The evidence in this case shows that the actions of the store clerk were in lawful self-defense and as a result this office will not be charging him with any crime," said Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

*The name of the clerk has not been disclosed because he has not been charged with a crime.