Carrying a gun in Detroit is certainly a logical choice. While it’s a good idea anywhere – you never know if and when you’ll have to defend yourself – there are some locales that just seem to mandate packing a piece. And if the Motor City doesn’t lead that list, it’s certainly amongst ’em. So we’re glad that an un-named woman shopping at a Home Depot in Auburn Hills was strapped. We just wish she had a better idea of when the use of deadly force is justified . . .
Here’s a tip: witnessing someone exercising a ten-finger discount doesn’t really qualify.
The shooting happened in the store’s parking lot at around 2 p.m., when Home Depot security was chasing a shoplifter in his 40s who jumped into a waiting dark SUV, said Lt. Jill McDonnell, an Auburn Hills police spokeswoman.
But when the SUV began to pull away, a 48-year-old woman suddenly began firing shots at the fleeing vehicle. The vehicle escaped – but possibly has a flat tire, McDonnell said.
Apparently no one clued her in that deadly force is only legally justified to prevent death or grievous bodily harm. None of the reports of this little suburban drama name the woman in question, though they indicate she’s cooperating with police and we give her even odds of losing her concealed carry permit for her liberal use of ballistics. But if her ticket is pulled, she’ll still be able to carry the distinction of being our Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day, though we’re not sure that will help her much in Detroit.