Wayne County, Michigan prosecutor Kym Worthy has announced that no charges will be filed against three men accused of beating a military veteran outside of a 7-Eleven convenience store last week after surveillance video proves that the veteran was actually the aggressor.
According to reports, 25-year-old Adam Wagner told police that the men had followed him out into the parking lot, mocked the military decals on his car, and attacked him. After reviewing surveillance video, however, Worthy says Wagner started the fight.
"The complaining witness is a military veteran who was the initial aggressor in a fight with three men,” said Worthy in a statement. “The complainant was the largest man and he began the fight by striking the smallest of the three men. After being hit the smallest man fled the scene. A fight continued with the complainant and the other two men. This is where this whole scenario should have ended, since the two men fled the scene. The complainant then continued to pursue them for over a half mile on foot while the two men tried to hide from him. When the complainant found the men, he started the fight all over again. During the altercation the complainant sustained some injuries consistent with a fistfight, but was treated at a hospital and was released. Since the veteran was the initial and only aggressor, the actions of the other three men are not a crime and we are declining to issue any charges."
Worthy says that even though Wagner claims otherwise, surveillance videos show exactly what happened.
“You cannot in this state start a fight, and when others disengage, track the people down to continue the fight and then claim that you were the victim,” said Worthy.
Wagner has yet to comment on the result of the investigation.