Another feel good story for today

| March 26, 2014

Joshua Joseph Silva

Several of you folks have sent us links to the tale of 26-year-old Joshua Joseph Silva who was minding his own business while shoplifting at the local Home Depot in Roseville, Michigan when the evil loss control officer interrupted his business. being a drug-addled miscreant, Silve was forced to defend himself with his only weapon;

At some point during the altercation, Silva allegedly pulled a concealed syringe from his jacket and began using it as a weapon.

Police say Silva was whirling the syringe around in a swinging motion, and was able to stab one of guards several times with the contaminated needle.

Another shopper who has a concealed pistol license saw the altercation and quickly sprung into action. Police say the man produced his handgun and ordered Silva to drop the syringe and get on the ground.

“Faced with the threat of deadly force, the suspect stopped fighting and complied with the order, dropping the syringe and taking a seat on the parking lot,” police said in a statement.

But when Silva, who apparently knew his arrest was imminent, heard the sound of approaching police sirens, police say he jumped up and attempted to flee the area on foot. At that point, the store guards let Silva run off, allowing police to take over.

A good guy with a gun. Imagine that. One of the security guards has been hospitalized for the multiple puncture wounds he suffered at the hands of Silva, and Silva is being held on $25k bail.

Category: Feel Good Stories

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  1. crewchief guy says:

    let us hope the guard does not now have aids or hep c from that needle.

    • Delilah T. says:

      My thoughts, exactly.

    • rb325th says:

      Sadly the likliehood is pretty good that he has been exposed to some blood born disease.
      Dude stabs me with a syringe, he is not surviving.

    • Sparks says:

      Amen to that crewchief guy.

    • Flagwaver says:

      If he does, then it is a potential First Degree Murder charge.

    • Just An Old Dog says:

      I have a buddy who is now a Riverside County Deputy.
      When he first became interested in Law Enforcement he dida ride-along with Oceanside PD. The Officer he was with ended up apprehending some druggie for something,
      As he braced the guy up and was getting ready to search he told the guy ” Im going to search you now, It you have any needles or sharp objects you better tell me now, because Im I start searching you and something sticks me Im going to smash your fucking head all the way through that wall”.
      The Junkie ended up pulling 2 needles from his pocket.

  2. George V says:

    And in other Detroit news today, two men breaking into a home in the city were fatally shot by the homeowner.

    • Hondo says:

      Too bad, so sad
      Sucks to be you
      Stopped by good guy
      No one should cry
      Good guy had gun

      (Hat tip to the old “Burma Shave” road signs.)

      • UpNorth says:

        I wonder, how many know what Burma Shave road signs are? 🙂

        • David says:

          My all-time favorite:
          Although we’ve sold
          Ten million others
          We still can’t sell
          Those cough drop brothers

          (you have to be really old to understand THAT one)

        • ghp95134 says:

          Along Route 66 ca 1962:

          At a quiz
          Pa ain’t a whiz
          But he shore knows
          How to keep Ma his

          Burma Shave


  3. Pinto Nag says:

    A syringe is considered a deadly weapon, because of the risk of bloodborne pathogens. He should have been shot, just as if he had a knife.

  4. jerry920 says:

    Most security guards make pennies for their efforts. Certainly not worth taking a risk for this little punk. The person with the permit did good. Halted the altercation, but didn’t drop the suspect when he was running away. Good ROE.

  5. BOILING MAD CPO says:

    This just in. No word reported in the Detroit Free Press that the Loss Prevention Officer was fired for doing the job he was hired to do. Guess Home Depot has more cuhones than any local WalMart. BZ