Police are investigating whether or not to charge a Michigan woman with a concealed-carry permit after she shot at alleged Home Depot shoplifters as they fled security on Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Detroit News, when the suspect, identified as a man in his 40s, ran out of the store and jumped into a dark colored SUV operated by a second male suspect in his 40s, the 48-year-old woman pulled out her 9mm handgun and opened fire at them.
The number of rounds fired is unknown, but police believe she hit and flattened the vehicle’s tire. It is unknown if anyone was injured.
The shooter is cooperating with law enforcement as they finalize their report and will determine if she should be charged.
But charging the woman might be slim to none as Gawker points out that Michigan is one of the few states left with a “fleeing-felon rule” in place allowing “citizens to use deadly force to apprehend someone in the process of committing a felony.”
However, as the Detroit Free Press counters, the details uncovered so far by police are not in the shooter's favor.
"To use a concealed weapon in Michigan, a CPL holder needs to think that there is an imminent danger of death, great bodily harm or sexual assault, or think there is a similar danger to someone else, said Rick Ector, a firearms trainer who runs Legally Armed Detroit. He added that a gun is “truly a tool of last resort.”
Store theft might not make the cut here.
Armed civilians often tote the “good guy with a gun” rhetoric for justifying concealed carry. But the heroic notion that guns will stop crime is ignorantly flawed. In reality, gun owners are more likely to injure themselves or someone else as opposed to stopping a criminal (let it be noted the numerous customers in that Home Depot parking lot that could have easily been hit by a stray bullet). Gun safety is scarce and reckless, impulsive behavior turns out to be the norm when deadly weapons are involved — no matter what the intention was.
This woman not only failed at preventing a crime, she could have easily killed someone in her misguided attempt to stop a theft.