FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- Fort Smith police arrested a man who reportedly caused a disturbance at several businesses in Fort Smith while high on meth Wednesday (March 1).
Michael Woith, 41, of Fort Smith, who is a convicted Level 2 sex offender, was shot in the shoulder by a Fort Smith Blue Print employee after he was running into traffic and throughout businesses along Rogers Avenue shortly after 11 a.m., said Sgt. Daniel Grubbs of the Fort Smith Police Department.
Woith is facing charges of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting arrest.
Woith was shot after he raised a large rock that he was carrying, which threatened employees, and refused to leave the business after being asked several times.
Witnesses at the scene told police Woith went into the business and began destroying store displays, throwing things around, and yelling about assault rifles and being chased, according to a department press release.
The employee told police he felt like he was in danger and needed to protect others in the store, Grubbs said. He shot Woith once with a 9 mm handgun.
"I begged the guy. Don't make me do this sir. Leave now, I yelled at him. I was yelling. Go. Get out of here immediately. And he's like, 'you're just going to have to kill me'. When he raised his rock at me I fired one shot. I didn't want to do it but when he raised that rock at me and rushed at me I felt like I had no other choice," said Fort Smith Blue Print employee James Wisely.
After he was shot, Woith threw the rock toward employees and then left the business and three Fort Smith officers arrested him shortly after, Grubbs said.
Grubbs said Woith told paramedics that he had injected and smoked meth earlier in the morning.
Paramedics are taking Woith to a local hospital. This is a developing story.
Viewer Devin Croft shared this video of Woith's arrest with 5NEWS: