Firing leads to shots fired, defensive gun use at Miami dollar store

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The termination of a Family Dollar employee in Miami, Florida on Tuesday morning turned into a shootout after the canned worker left the store and showed up several minutes later with her armed boyfriend in tow.

According to Miami-Dade police, the boyfriend confronted the manager about the firing, and an argument took place before the couple left the business, only to return a third time with even more backup.

The argument turned physical before the third person pulled out a gun and fired the weapon. Police said a woman associated with the manager came out of a vehicle in the parking lot and fired her own weapon.

The former employee and the third person involved fled the scene while her boyfriend continued fighting the manager. The boyfriend would eventually flee the scene on foot as well. No one was injured.

The 22-year old woman “associated” with the manager was her husband, according to the woman’s grandmother, Leslie Taylor, who said she was “just crazy” when she got a phone call from her family letting her know what had happened.

“She had to protect her husband. They both got registered guns and when a shootout ensued, she thought her husband was going to be injured, she fired the gun and everyone in the altercation, they left. My grandson and my granddaughter stayed there to talk to the police and tell them what happened,” she said.

Taylor said she was deeply upset about what happened.

“I just want all my babies to be okay. This is very stressful, it doesn’t make any sense,” she said.

No it does not. No rational person ever thought “Hey, maybe if I pull out a gun and start shooting they’ll re-hire my girlfriend,” but I doubt that the initial aggressor was doing much thinking to begin with. He got angry, he lashed out, and he’s incredibly lucky that no one was injured or killed because I’m guessing it’s not going to be too difficult for police to track him down and charge him. Aggravated assault and attempted murder seem like appropriate charges to me, but we’ll have to wait and see what prosecutors decide.

Based on the circumstances, it doesn’t sound like the wife of the manager who ended up defending her husband will be facing any charges, nor should she if she was acting to save the life of another.

This wasn’t the only defensive gun use in Florida to make headlines today. In Orlando, police say a ride-share driver shot a customer after a domestic violence incident turned into an assault on the driver himself.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said deputies received a 911 call and determined that the ride-share driver witnessed a man, who was in the back seat of his car, striking his girlfriend, who was in the front seat.

The driver pulled over and told the man to get out of the car, deputies said. The man then charged at the driver, who opened fire, striking the man, according to deputies.

The man was taken to a hospital in serious but stable condition, officials said.

Thanks to Uber and Lyft’s driver disarmament policy, the armed citizen in Orlando is going to be looking for a new job, even after potentially saving his own life and the life of the woman in the passenger seat of his car. It’s too bad that Miami isn’t commutable distance from Orlando, because I know of one store with an opening that shouldn’t have any objections to employing an armed citizen who’s acted in self-defense.