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The woman who shot at Home Depot shoplifters gets probation—and learns the wrong lesson

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A woman in Michigan who opened fire on shoplifters in a Home Depot parking lot was given 18 months probation this week, after pleading no contest to reckless use, handling, and discharge of a firearm.

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

Duva-Rodriguez made national headlines in October after firing her licensed handgun at the getaway car of two men allegedly making off with stolen Home Depot merchandise. Her lawyer told reporters that Duva-Rodriguez was not trying to hurt anyone, as evidenced by the fact she only shot at the tires of the car. No one was hurt in the incident.

The men she shot at were eventually caught by law enforcement and arrested. Duva-Rodriguez will not be able to apply for a gun permit for the next eight years.

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