Prosecutor rules self-defense in deadly gas station shooting

Photo courtesy of Facebook   Ali Salman

Photo courtesy of Facebook
Ali Salman

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office denied a warrant request in connection with the killing of Dearborn resident Ali Salman, also known as Ali Al-Tameemi at an Inkster gas station on Jan. 19, according to a press release.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy explained that the 25-year-old who shot Salamn acted in lawful self-defense. Salman, 34, a mechanic and the 25-year-old were involved in a dispute over a parking space just after 3 p.m. at Marathon, 28474 Michigan Ave.

“Although the 25-year-old threw the first punch, he retreated and did not draw a weapon,” Worthy wrote in the release. “Mr. Salman chased the 25-year-old man with his weapon drawn and pointed at the man. The Michigan law of self-defense is applicable in this case. The 25-year-old had the right to use deadly force to defend himself because he had a reasonable belief that imminent death or great bodily harm would occur. For this reason the warrant has been denied.”

The security video shows three utility workers standing by a truck when one of the men starts arguing with Salman causing the argument to escalate quickly.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s press release, the investigation revealed that the 25-year-old was the initial aggressor because he punched Salman in the upper body, but did not cause him to fall to the ground.

The release continues to say that the 25-year-old retreated and did not have a weapon drawn.
“Mr. Salman had his gun drawn, when he chased and pointed his weapon at the 25-year-old and confronted him. It was only after the gun was pointed at him that the younger man pulled out his weapon and fired shots at Mr. Salman. This is confirmed by video evidence.”

The press release said the media’s reporting that Salman lost control of his gun that fell to the ground and his attacker picked it up is erroneous and is not based upon the facts and evidence in the case.

Salman died from a gunshot wound to the head and the 25-year-old remained on the scene until Michigan State Police arrived and he surrounded his gun, according to the Jan. 23 press release. Witnesses at the scene were interviewed and surveillance video was reviewed as part of the investigation.

Salman, an Iraqi American came to America four years ago for a better life, his family said during a candlelight vigil held at the Marathon gas station on Jan. 22. He leaves his wife and three children behind.

A GoFundMe page raised $20,221 of its $15,000 goal by 347 people in three days as of Jan. 24, to help Salman’s family. To donate go to

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