- Apr 18, 2008
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WHAT NOT TO DO?!? :rollpicard:
This lady has to be BAT SHIT CRAZY
This lady has to be BAT SHIT CRAZY
Police report: Auburn Hills Home Depot shooter wanted to help, ‘somewhat certain’ only two shots firedThe police report filed after a woman fired gunshots at two fleeing shoplifters at an Auburn Hills Home Depot reveals additional details about the Oct. 6 incident.
Last week, Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez, 46, of Clarkston, was charged with reckless use, handling or discharge of a firearm, while Anthony Harris, 46, and Lloyd Wenn, 52, both of Flint, face a charge of first-degree retail fraud.
Officers and detectives discussed the incident with Duva-Rodriguez shortly after the shots were fired around 2 p.m. She said she did not have a round in the chamber so she “racked a round in.”
“Tatiana stated that as (the vehicle) sped away, she turned and ... shot two rounds at the right rear tire where she was aiming at while the vehicle fled the scene,” the report states.
She believed the vehicle was about 7 feet away from her when she fired the shots and was “somewhat certain that she only fired two rounds,” the report states.
Duva-Rodriguez told detectives that she, a Home Depot employee and one of her employees were loading drywall into her truck when the incident began. She heard a scream from a Home Depot employee and saw other employees standing at the door facing the parking lot. She said the employees were not chasing the suspect but were screaming “help” and “stop” from the vestibule, the report states.
She also yelled “stop” at the suspect and watched him load the stolen items into the vehicle. She jumped out of the truck bed and walked to the center of the parking lot lane, unholstered her gun and held it in a low, ready stance while standing in front of the suspects’ vehicle.
The vehicle stopped and both occupants put their hands up. They were talking to each other inside the vehicle, but Duva-Rodriguez could not hear what they were saying. They lowered their hands and drove off. Duva-Rodriguez stepped to the side as the vehicle swerved around her and fired two rounds, and she was certain she hit the tire at least once because she heard air escaping.
“She was not sure where the second round hit, but believed she may have hit the tire with both rounds,” the report states.
Security footage from a nearby Sam’s Club shows the suspects’ vehicle speeding, running stop signs and nearly striking other vehicles as it fled the scene. It was last seen driving eastbound on Brown Road.
Detectives asked Duva-Rodriguez what she thought had occurred. She said she used to work at Home Depot and knew some of the employees and believed the suspect had stolen merchandise.
“Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez admittedly stated ... that she was told during her (concealed pistol license) class that she cannot brandish or discharge her firearm unless she is in fear of her life or another’s life,” the report states.
“Tatiana stated that she was not sure why she pulled her firearm out, but wanted to help.”
She said she did not point the weapon at either suspect.
There is no video of the shooting on the Home Depot security system, the report states.
Duva-Rodriguez said the suspects were “not going to make it that far” after striking the tire with the shots, another witness told police.
The first officer to arrive at the Home Depot, located at 4150 Joslyn Road, saw Duva wearing a holster on the outside of her jeans, with a black 9 mm pistol inside the holster.
“I asked her if I could put the gun in my car,” the officer wrote.
“She said that I could. I removed the gun from the holster and placed it in the back seat of my patrol car. The magazine was loaded and there was a round in the chamber.”
Duva-Rodriguez “told me that as the black car approached her, she drew her weapon and fired two shots at the vehicle’s rear passenger tire as it passed in an attempt to stop the vehicle,” the report says, adding that Duva-Rodriguez “immediately” picked up the two shell casings after she fired the shots.
The officer did not observe any damage to vehicles or impact marks in the pavement. The gun and ammunition were turned over to an evidence technician and Duva-Rodriguez sat in the back of the officer’s patrol car. She had no weapons or contraband, the report states.
One witness said she saw a man with two items in his cart run approaching the store exit. She asked to see his receipt and he began to run past her into the parking lot. She followed him to the door and called for help. She provided a license plate number for the suspects’ vehicle.
Detectives used the license plate number to trace the vehicle to its owner, Harris’ estranged wife. She called Harris about an hour after the incident occurred because she was not feeling well and thought she needed to go to the hospital, but Harris said he was lost and had a flat tire so he could not pick her up. He was supposed to pick her up from work at 7 p.m. but never showed. She allowed detectives to use GPS to track the vehicle. Harris ultimately turned himself in.
Harris said Duva-Rodriguez yelled at him to stop but he was nervous and did not want to stop. Wenn yelled at him to go but he could not drive fast due to people in the area. Shots were fired and “I definitely took off then,” Harris said.
“I panicked and punched it.”
He said the items stolen from Home Depot were given to a person in exchange for a gram of crack, which has a street value of $40 to $60, the report states.
When interviewed by police, Wenn said he did not know Harris and had no knowledge of the incident. He was arrested on active warrants and refused to speak with detectives.
Another witness was in the vehicle next to Duva-Rodriguez’s parked truck. She said she saw several people loading items into Duva-Rodriguez’s truck before hearing Duva-Rodriguez yell at the suspects to stop their vehicle. When the vehicle did not stop, Duva-Rodriguez fired two shots, the witness said.
Surveillance video from the store showed the suspects’ vehicle pull into the parking lot at 1:19 p.m. At 1:25 p.m., one of the suspects was seen taking a Dewalt 20-volt nailer, valued at $499, and a Lincoln Electric 180HD wire feed welder, valued at $669. He left the store two minutes later without paying for either of those items.