A 48-year-old Southfield man was arraigned Saturday on charges of gunning down a Chaldean shopkeeper last October.
Bruce H. Butler was arrested Friday based on a police tip and was arraigned Saturday in 46th District Court in Southfield. He is charged with first-degree premeditated murder and possession of a firearm in the death of Mazin (Mike) Khmoro of Farmington Hills.
Khmoro was shot around 4 p.m. Oct. 6 as he took trash to a Dumpster behind the Cronin Liquor Store on Northwestern Highway and 12 Mile Road. Witnesses told police they heard multiple gunshots, and the killer fled in a black, four-door SUV.
Southfield Police Lt. Nick Loussia said police believe Butler was a store customer, but no motive has been released.
Khmoro’s family members expressed some relief about the arrest, but their grief is still fresh.
“My whole family is destroyed right now,” said Brenda Thweny, a younger sister. “We can’t even sleep at night.”
Khmoro, 48, left behind a wife and three children, in addition to his parents, brother and sisters. Thweny said the family has no idea why the former customer might have shot her brother.
Martin Manna, executive director of the Chaldean Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber put up $10,000 from the Waad Murad Advocacy Fund as part of a reward for information leading to an arrest in Khmoro’s slaying.
According to Manna, about 200 Chaldean shopkeepers have been killed in metro Detroit in the past two decades.
“Obviously, it doesn’t bring back Mr. Khmoro, but hopefully the family can sleep better,” Manna said.
Butler is being held at the Oakland County Jail. His next court date is Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.