Police say a woman with a concealed carry permit attempted to shoot the tires of a shoplifter’s get-away car Wednesday at a Home Depot in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
The woman, who legally owned the gun and possessed a concealed pistol license (CPL), fired shots at the suspects as they drove away in an SUV after she witnessed a man evading a store loss-prevention employee, police said.
According to Auburn Hills police Lt. Jill McDonnell, the incident is under investigation.
The Detroit Free Press, who originally reported on the incident, talked to several area firearms instructors who uniformly disapproved of the parking lot shooting.
“It’s my worst nightmare as a CPL instructor,” Doreen Hankins, owner of Detroit Arms, told the Free Press. “You have to know the entire situation before you pull that handgun out. And I don’t see that a shoplifter at Home Depot fills any of those criteria,” she added.
According to the Michigan State Police, which issues concealed pistol licenses in that state, applicants must pass a pistol safety training course, must not have been involuntarily committed to a hospital, not have ever been convicted of any felony and some misdemeanors, among other qualifications.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law this year a bill that made the process of obtaining a CPL a function of the state rather than county gun boards. The governor previously vetoed legislation that would have allowed CPL holders with extra training to carry concealed firearms into off-limits zones like bars and schools.
Police have not located either of the two shoplifting suspects.