CASS COUNTY, Mich. – A customer who shot a suspect during an attempted armed robbery at a gas station in Cassopolis last month will not face any charges, according to prosecutors. The incident took place on the night of July 27 at the Stone Lake Marathon Gas Station on S. Broadway Street.
The suspect, identified as 35-year-old Cordeleus Anthony Martin of Dowagiac, was charged with armed robbery, assault with intent to rob while armed, felonious assault, and habitual offender (fourth offense notice). Prosecutors stated that Martin was armed with a knife during the incident.
The customer, who had a valid Michigan Concealed Pistol License and prior experience as a security guard, shot the suspect multiple times after he attempted to rob the store’s clerk. Following an investigation into the armed robbery and shooting, the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office determined that the customer’s actions were lawful and justified as an act of self-defense and defense of others.
Authorities emphasized that the defense of others doctrine in Michigan jurisprudence is deeply rooted, with the law allowing individuals with no criminal involvement to use deadly force if they honestly and reasonably believe it is necessary to prevent imminent harm to themselves or others.
Martin was arraigned on the charges in the Cass County District Court, with bond set at $100,000 cash or surety. He is scheduled for a pre-preliminary hearing on Thursday, Aug. 24.
In light of the evidence and witness/victim statements, the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that the customer’s actions were in accordance with the law and therefore no charges would be filed against him. This decision reflects the lawful use of force in self-defense and the protection of others during the attempted armed robbery.