Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez, 46, of Clarkston, Mich., is accused of shooting at the tires of a vehicle last week in the “misguided attempt to disable the vehicle to stop two reported shoplifters,” at a Home Depot in Auburn Hills, Mich., according to a news release from the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office and the Auburn Hills Police Department.
“If this is proven, I find it very disturbing that someone would take out their gun in a busy parking lot and shoot at the tires of a passing car,” Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said in a statement. “Once fired, the bullet could have easily ricocheted or fragmented and injured or killed someone else. It would have been much more helpful for her to take out her cellphone and shoot pictures of the shoplifter’s license plate.”
Duva-Rodriguez, who is a concealed pistol license holder and cooperated with police, is expected to be arraigned in Rochester Hills, Mich., at a time the court will set later. The shooting happened in the store’s parking lot around 2 p.m. ET Oct. 6 when the store’s security guard was chasing a shoplifter who jumped into a Kia Rondo that another person was, police said.
The woman is accused of firing shots at the vehicle as it took off. Police later arrested two men from Flint, ages 46 and 52, suspected of shoplifting.
“If this is proven, I find it very disturbing that someone would take out their gun in a busy parking lot and shoot at the tires of a passing car,” Oakland County’s prosecutor, Jessica Cooper, said in a statement. “Once fired, the bullet could have easily ricocheted or fragmented and injured or killed someone else. It would have been much more helpful for her to take out her cellphone and shoot pictures of the shoplifter’s license plate.”
Nobody was injured in the shooting.
Duva-Rodriguez’s lawyer, Steven L. Schwartz, said his client made “a spilt-second decision to take action, trying to help.” He described Duva-Rodriguez as a “warm-hearted, family-oriented” person and said she had good intentions.
“Never, ever did she intend to harm anybody,” Schwartz said.
To use a concealed weapon in Michigan, a license holder needs to believe that the danger of death, great bodily harm or sexual assault is imminent or think someone else faces a similar danger, said Rick Ector, a firearms trainer who runs Legally Armed Detroit.
“We do not encourage bystanders to insert themselves into incidents because of the potential for deadly consequences,” police Chief Doreen Olko of Auburn Hills said in a statement.
Police officers are permitted to shoot at fleeing suspects only in very narrow circumstances. Justices in a 1985 Supreme Court case, Tennessee vs. Garner, ruled that officers could not shoot at a fleeing suspect unless that person posed a danger to the officer or others.
As tempting as it may be shooting at a suspect who has just committed a misdemeanor and is running the other way is plain fucking stupid and she deserves whatever she gets. This type thing hurts all of us legal carrying people.
It is funny too how you seldom hear about a legal carry incident until it goes bad like this, even though it is a fairly common occurrence.