Auburn Hills — A Clarkston woman is to be arraigned after last week’s incident in a Home Depot parking lot where she allegedly opened fire on a fleeing shoplifter’s car.
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.”
“If this is proven, I find it very disturbing that someone would take out their gun in a busy parking lot and shoot at the tires of a passing car,” Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said in the release. “Once fired, the bullet could have easily ricocheted or fragmented and injured or killed someone else. It would have been much more helpful for her to take out her cellphone and shoot pictures of the shoplifter’s license plate.”
Auburn Hills Chief of Police Doreen Olko added: “We are grateful that nothing more serious happened as a result of the decision to fire a weapon in a busy parking lot. We do not encourage bystanders to insert themselves into incidents because of the potential for deadly consequences.”
Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez will be arraigned at the Rochester Hills 52-3rd District Court at a time to be set by the court.
The offense is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines. If convicted, she could also face the loss of her handgun permit.
The driver of the truck, Anthony Harris, 46, pleaded not guilty to retail fraud charges Saturday and is being held in the Oakland County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond and an Oct. 19 probable cause hearing.
The second suspect, a 52-year-old man, is expected to be charged after identification in a lineup. He is held on other outstanding criminal warrants from other departments, according to Auburn Hills Police Lt. Jill McDonnell.