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Detroit customer killed over price of condoms

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DETROIT -

An argument over a box of condoms ends with a customer shot to death. It happened at a BP gas station on Detroit's west side early Saturday morning. Police say what started as a verbal argument between the clerk and a customer escalated out of control.

Witnesses say it started after the customer demanded the clerk charge less for a package of condoms. The clerk refused. The customer became angry and started knocking over things in the store.

That's when the clerk allegedly pulled his gun and started firing.

The customer died from his injuries after the shooting.

One of the gas station's customers says he has seen the clerk involved take out a gun before during verbal arguments.

First thing he does is show the gun at his waist," said Shawn Oren. "They say we don't respect them. How are we going to respect you if you shoot us?"

Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality heard about the incident and turned up at the scene to find out more. He says, ironically, he has a meeting scheduled for Sunday with local gas station and party store owners.

The goal is to prevent incidents like the shooting.

"We work in mediation and de-escalation," said Scott. "A man should not die after an argument over a package of condoms."

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