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