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Woman Who Shot at Home Depot Shoplifters: ‘I Will Never Help Anybody Again’

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A Michigan woman who made headlines when she fired at shoplifters attempting to flee a Home Depot parking lot told reporters Wednesday that was the last time she would ever help anyone.

In October, Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez, 46, opened fire at two suspects with her legal 9-millimeter handgun as they attempted to flee the store parking lot in an SUV, the New York Times reports. The men got away but were later arrested, and Duva-Rodriguez was charged with one count of reckless use, handling or discharge of a firearm.

“I made a decision in a split second,” Duva-Rodriguez said in one court appearance, according to The Associated Press. “Maybe it was not the right one, but I was trying to help.”

On Wednesday Duva-Rodriguez was granted 18 months probation after she entered a plea of no contest to the charge on Oct. 26. Her permit to carry a concealed weapon was revoked until at least 2023.

“I tried to help,” Duva-Rodriguez told reporters after being sentenced. “And I learned my lesson that I will never help anybody again.”

The case comes during a time where the debate over guns is at a high, especially after a mass shooting in San Bernardino which killed 14 and provoked new calls for gun control.


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