Home Depot Customer Opens Fire on Alleged Shoplifters
Via The Detroit News: Customer fires at Auburn Hills shoplifting suspects
Police responding to a “shots fired” call at a Home Depot store said a customer apparently tried to stop a shoplifter by firing at a fleeing vehicle.
The incident occurred at 2 p.m. at the store on Joslyn, according to a police press release.
A 47- year-old Clarkston woman in the parking lot witnessed one of the store’s loss prevention officers trying to stop a shoplifting suspect getting into a dark colored SUV. The customer — identified as a concealed pistol license holder — reportedly fired shots at the dark-colored SUV as it sped out of the lot.
It’s unknown how many rounds were fired from her 9mm handgun, but police believe she hit and flattened one of the vehicle’s rear tires as it sped off in the direction of Brown Road.
It was not known if anyone was injured in the incident. The customer remained on the scene and was cooperating with police. A report is to be turned over to the county prosecutor for review of possible charges, if any, on the woman.
Call me crazy, but I would rather let shoplifting suspects escape than run the risk of innocent bystanders being hit by stray bullets. I am sure that the owners of the stolen items feel the same way. What is more likely to hurt business? A successful shoplifting incident or a dead customer?
Life is not an action movie and having a gun does not turn one into a sharpshooter (and, I would note, that I can’t imagine a trained law enforcement officer discharging a weapon in this context).