Woman gets 18 months probation for shooting at shoplifters

Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez, 46, pleaded no contest shortly after the incident in October.

- The woman who shot at two alleged shoplifters outside a Home Depot in Auburn Hills was sentenced to 18 months' probation Wednesday.

Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez, 46, pleaded no contest shortly after the incident in October.

Police say a man pushed a cart full of unpaid merchandise out of the Home Depot store on Joslyn Road and got into a dark-colored SUV. Prosecutors say Duva-Rodriguez tried to intervene and stop the suspects by shooting at their tires. Police believe the shots flattened a tire.

Nobody was hurt in the shooting.

Duva-Rodriguez, who had a concealed pistol license, says she learned her lesson.

"I tried to help, and I learned my lesson that I will never help anybody again," she told the media afterwards.

"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," her lawyer, Steven Schwartz, added.

In addition to 18-months probation, Duva-Rodriguez also can not apply for a gun permit for the next eight years.

The man suspected in the shoplifting and his getaway driver have been found, arrested and charged. You can read more about that here.

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