Detroit pizza delivery driver murdered in store robbery

Feb. 26, 2003

DETROIT -- Delivery driver Brion Barrett was shot and killed on Feb. 25 during the robbery of a Hungry Howie's Pizza shop in Detroit.

According to the Detroit News, Barrett, 25, died the next morning at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills.

According to police reports, at 11:45 p.m., just before the shop was to close, two gunmen followed Barrett inside the store and announced a holdup.

One of two robbers held a gun on Barrett, while the other forced manager John Mueller, who was behind the security glass with three other employees, to open the security door.

When Mueller complied, the gunmen forced all the employees into a back room. The five employees were forced to lie on the floor and the gunmen robbed them and the store of about $1,200 in cash.

According to the Detroit Free Press, employee Edwin Sullivan said, "They had guns on me and my head to the ground. It was hell. But the real hell is beginning now, knowing I helplessly watched my friend die."

Sullivan said that Barrett, who had worked at the store for five years, told the men they didn't have to hurt anyone.

"One of them just turned and shot him," he said.

The gunmen, who employees estimated to be in their twenties, are still at large.

In a prepared statement, Hungry Howies Pizza, Inc., expressed regret over Barrett's death. It has established and made a contribution to a memorial fund (National City Bank, c/o Brion Barrett, 36300 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304) to assist his family.

Topics: Crime

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