Detroit Armed Robber Shot by Armed Citizen After Threatening To Kill His Friend

Michigan Man Joshua Fordham, 28, of Detroit, tried to rob another man at gunpoint outside a Michigan delicatessen and liquor store. Fordham was shot in the chest by the man he tried to rob, a concealed carry permit holder. Fordham lived to be arrested.

Detroit police responded to a call of gunshots after the ShotSpotter system picked up gunshots in the parking lot of Carmen’s Delicatessen just after 9:50 p.m. Feb. 8. When officers arrived, two people flagged them down. One of the victims had his hands over his head and told police he had a concealed pistol license.

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The victims told police that a man with a ski mask and a Detroit Lions jacket, later identified as Fordham, had followed them into a liquor store and back outside before pulling a gun on them.

Fordham is said to have pulled out a gun and threatened to kill the concealed carry holder’s friend unless the concealed carry holder turned over his wallet. The first victim gave Fordham his wallet. As the victim was patted down by Fordham, looking for other valuables or money, he pulled out his concealed gun and shot Fordham in the chest. Fordham was later found on the ground nearby by police suffering from a gunshot wound with a handgun nearby. Fordham’s firearm appeared to have malfunctioned, police said.

Surveillance video at Carmen’s Delicatessen confirmed the account the victims told police.

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Fordham pleaded guilty in March 2014 to armed robbery and was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison. Therefore Fordham is not legally allowed to own a gun and is facing a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and armed robbery.

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