Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez, aka Good Guy With a Gun, received a sentence of 18 months’ probation for her actions in the parking lot of a Home Depot in Auburn Hills, MI on October 6, 2015. In a vigilante effort to stop two shoplifters from fleeing the scene of the crime, Duva-Rodriguez pulled out her concealed pistol, for which she does have a license to carry, and started shooting at the suspects’ vehicle. Her lawyer, Stephen Schwartz, indicated her intention was to shoot the tires of the vehicle:
She’s there to help; saw something happening; thought it was serious; pulled her gun. She didn’t want to hurt anybody. We didn’t know that there were any people in the parking lot, other than this person that was driving away this vehicle. She didn’t shoot it in the air; she didn’t shoot it at the window, at the windshield. She fired at the tires.
She didn’t know that there were any people in the parking lot? I’ve heard some lame excuses, but damn. One of the suspects had nonviolently walked out of Home Depot with unpaid for merchandise, then ran to the getaway vehicle. Duva-Rodriguez’s first thought was to whip out her weapon and deploy it around innocent bystanders. Wouldn’t it have been more logical to, I don’t know, record the make and model of the vehicle? Perhaps she could’ve even found the time to capture the license plate tag. No, no, she rather thought to herself, “I am Batman.”
In addition to the probation sentence, Duva-Rodriguez is also barred from applying for a firearm permit for eight years. In response to the sentence, Duva-Rodriguez told the media, “I tried to help, and I learned my lesson that I will never help anybody again.” I think that would be best for everyone, Tatiana.