#Shoplifter Lives Matter


Blowing away fleeing criminals is always a complicated subject. Sometimes you can, sometimes you shouldn’t.

A woman in suburban Detroit opened fire on a shoplifter after seeing a security guard chase him out of a Home Depot store, police said.

The shoplifter in Tuesday’s Home Depot incident was not injured, the Detroit Free Press said.

It was not clear if the woman, who has a license to carry a concealed weapon, would face any charges for taking the law into her own hands.

The woman, 48, was in the parking lot when she saw a security guard chase a black man in his 40s out of the store. The man jumped into a waiting sports utility vehicle and the woman opened fire when it began to pull away. Police believe she shot out one of the tires.

A spokesman for the Auburn Hills police department did not immediately return a request for comment. The department did, however, publish some details on Twitter.

It noted that “business was not disrupted” and asked for the public’s help in locating the “getaway” car.

The incident comes just a few weeks after a bank customer in a neighboring Detroit suburb shot a robber as he was fleeing the scene.

The local mayor said the 63-year-old man, who also had a license to carry a weapon, acted within his rights because the robber threatened him on his way out the door.

The robber, 43, was treated in hospital after being shot once in each arm and once in a leg.

Who knew this was a thing? First there was the “taxpayer relief shot” (cops blowing away obvious bad guys that needed killing) now it’s the “fight high retail prices shot”.

I guess since shoplifting raises prices for us all, we all have a communal right to resist it, even if that means whipping out a pistol and blowing them away on their way out of the store. As a reminder to our readers, local laws on this subject vary wildly, so please consult all local ordnances and wield your weapons in public responsibly, and preferably in compliance with all local laws.

  • canminuteman

    “The suspect was shot once in each arm and once in the leg”. “The getaway SUV had its tires shot out”. These guys are a hell of a lot better shots than the average cop is for sure. And I know that cops are trained to shoot for center of mass but most the time they can’t even hit that.

    • tom_billesley

      SUV tires are typically steel belted radials. I’d guess it wasn’t a .22 handgun

      • Minicapt

        Only the tread, the sidewalls aren’t.


  • Tokenn

    Unfortunately, this is the kind of ‘Wild West’ scenario that anti-gunners love to promote. It’s an iffy situation…nobody’s life was in danger here [except maybe the shoplifter’s] and in most jurisdictions that’s a legal necessity before you can even draw your weapon.

    Heinlein said “An armed society is a polite society”…my rejoinder is ‘Only of you’re allowed to shoot the rude SOBs…”. We have a long way to go before that sort of thing happens.

  • Xavier

    According to U.S. law, you are not allowed to use lethal force to protect property – and lethal force is not defined as shooting or killing someone, it’s using force that could kill someone. Strictly according to the law, and going by the story, that woman had no justification to shoot.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      There is no blanket U.S. law on the subject.
      It’s all state and local.
      What is perfectly fine in Arizona will get you 25-life in New Jersey.

      • Xavier

        Ah, you’re right. I was looking at state law.

  • Detroit’s Police Chief told citizens to arm themselves if they want to see crime drop.


    • The Butterfly

      Good find, Blaze.

  • The Butterfly

    I think maybe the people of Detroit are sick and tire of all the thugs and want to take their city back. Just a hunch.

  • simus1

    Best case scenario in a public place has the perp brandishing a knife and running towards the legally armed citizen who is shouting for him to stop before he/she fires. The bullet then strikes the perp in the chest and remains inside as he falls. Anything else is a rolling of the dice court case and very expensive lawyers.