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.

Mark H. Stowers March 08, 2012 at 10:58 PM
A CCW is a great thing. And they don't give them to just anybody. Kudos to the gentleman for getting the situation under control and keeping everyone safe.
Thomas Gagne March 09, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I would much rather read stories like this than what might have happened. Good for the couple for yelling at the man, and hurrah for the man with the CCW.
Obviously_not_you March 09, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Point of clarification, we didn't yell at the drunk man with the knife (Mr. Shuten), that is almost never a good idea. I noticed him when I got out of my car and kept my eye on him as I was loading cans into the shopping cart to recycle. I was debating calling the police as he stopped pounding on the first vehicle and drunkenly wandered toward us, so I told my wife to go around the other side of the car with my son. I am thankful that the man with the CCW was there, and also that he kept calm and allowed the other man who was trying to calm Mr. Shuten down to keep doing so. They were able to talk Mr. Shuten into dropping the knife, and they also convinced him to sit down and wait for the police. I want to thank the Royal Oak Police Department for their quick response also. Mr. Shuten obviously has some issues and I hope he can get the help he needs to work through those.
Ronald Wolf March 10, 2012 at 12:02 AM
I shop at Holiday frequently. Coincidentally I remarked to a friend the other day that when I stayed in Pontiac I survived while here in Royal Oak I live as feel I do not need a CCW that I obtained at a West Bloomfield PD class before I moved to Pontiac, I only showed my hand on the holstered weapon once to a group of screaming teens who were trespassing and running straight at me in my buildings parking structure. They stopped, apologized and went their way. We often think that this type of situation happens only in the inner city. The Holiday Market has changed my mind, about personal safety anywhere. The Royal Oak Police hopefully will someday offer gun safety classes for those who are qualified and wish to carry a concealed firearm. I am not a gun nut, and while I sympathize with those that wish to open carry I feel strongly that open carry is not appropriate in public places. As the old saying goes never bring a knife to a gunfight.
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 (Editor) 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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