Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez faces has been charged with one count of reckless discharge, handling or use of a firearm in the Oct. 6 incident at the Joslyn Road store after seeing a loss prevention officer chasing after a suspect who had fled the store with merchandise.
No one was injured in the incident. Two Flint men were later arrested and charged in the theft.
According to a press release Tuesday, there are allegations Duva-Rodriguez, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun, shot at the tires of a passing truck in the “misguided attempt to disable the vehicle to stop two reported shoplifters.”
No, no, no! Tatiana, you’re doing it wrong! This is why we can’t have nice things. People like you getting overzealous and mucking it up for the rest of us! Just stop!
Folks, your gun is a last resort item. Using it constitutes deadly force. You cannot shoot someone just a little bit. And shooting at tires, well, even the cops don’t do that very often because it often doesn’t work and those bullets (when not if you miss) have to go somewhere…Being released into the community is usually a bad thing because there are infinity amount of personal and property loss that can occur.
Duva-Rodriguez is being charged criminally for her actions. That’s as it should be. Yes, her intentions were nobel but, her actions were reckless, dangerous and unwarranted. If you can’t articulate an imminent threat of serious bodily injury or death, the use of deadly force is not justified, period.