Crazed GameStop Customer Makes Death Threats, Gets Hauled Away by Police

Two pieces of advice when purchasing an Xbox 360 from GameStop:

1) Hold on to your receipt, and

2) Don’t make death threats and leave the store when the clerk won’t accept the console back without one.

Had he considered these two very simple ideas, then one 43-year-old Detroid man might not have been hauled away from the Oakland Mall by by rifle-wielding Troy police officers.

Lt. Michael Lyczkowski says the man went into the store at around 11am, became irate when they would not accept his merchandise, and started making threats. While he went to get something from his vehicle, the GameStop clerk dialed 911.

“When police arrived,” reports the Detroit Free Press, “they used a tactic called active shooter response, meaning a team of officers works to stop an immediate threat. [GameStop employee David] Roman said coworkers told him officers put employees and a handful of customers in a back room and threw the man up against a counter, handcuffing him.”

The man, whose name is not being released pending the issuance of charges, did not have a firearm, but a taser in his bag. Unfortunately for him, Lyczkowski said those are still illegal in Michigan. “He said he needed it for protection,” the lieutenant said.

Thankfully, no one was hurt in the incident, and the man remains in police custody. Lyczkowski said he could face charges for possessing a stun gun, which is a four year felony, as well as disorderly conduct, which is a misdemeanor.

“It was an interesting day here at the GameStop,” said Roman.

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