Good Samaritan Clerk Shot After Defending Customer
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 6, 2004
BROOKLYN CENTER, MINNESOTA--Friends and family members of Dennis Winfield are mourning the death of the "good Samaritan" who was shot to death Tuesday morning after defending a customer that has a developmental disability.
Winfield, 33, a clerk at a Citgo convenience store, called police at 2:45 a.m. to report that a teenager had been harassing the customer, and his female companion, and calling him names.
"The suspect then started threatening the attendant," Deputy Police Chief Laura Goodman later told reporters. "He was saying things like, 'Why don't you come out from behind that glass?' and 'That glass won't stop a bullet.'"
The teenager left the scene on foot.
About twenty minutes later, before officers could make it to the store, the teenage suspect returned with a gun while Winfield was outside cleaning up. Police say he shot Winfield at least seven times.
Winfield died at the scene.
The 17-year-old suspect was arrested at a nearby apartment.
"I miss him," Winfield's mother, Cheryl, told the Star Tribune Wednesday.
"It was just so senseless. It's hard to be a good Samaritan."
Winfield, a former basketball star for Minneapolis Community College, had four children.
Jay Pivec, the college's basketball coach, said of the 6-foot-10 Winfield,"He was a great guy."