The AirTag was created and launched by Apple with the sole intention of assisting owners in locating and monitoring lost personal items.
Usually, this would pertain to diminutive items like keys or wallets and definitely not a stolen car.
While Apple clearly denounces the application of AirTag for violent purposes, it appears that a man has reportedly engaged in such an act.
According to KSAT, an unidentified man from Texas reportedly traveled nearly 20 miles using an AirTag to trace his stolen vehicle and purportedly shot and killed the suspected thief.
When his Chevy Silverado was stolen and there was no apparent headway in the investigation, the man alerted 911, as per San Antonio Police. Subsequently, he took matters into his own hands.
According to the police, the man, accompanied by two of his family members, located the stolen truck in a parking lot, leading to a confrontation between him and the purported thief.
Bexar County Medical Examiner reported that Andrew John Herrera, aged 44, passed away due to a gunshot wound to the head as a consequence of the incident.
Local authorities have deemed Herrera's death as a homicide and are still deliberating on whether to press charges against the individual who pulled the trigger.
Upon police arrival at the location, they discovered bullet casings and two vehicles with shattered windows.
Officer Nick Soliz recently cautioned the public to put their faith in law enforcement when it pertains to criminal incidents.
In a press briefing, he said: "If you are to get your vehicle stolen, please do not take matters into your own hands like this.
"It's never safe, as you can see by this incident."
Despite the man having informed the police about the purported theft of his vehicle, law enforcement stated that the lethal shooting transpired prior to their arrival at the location situated in the 3200 block of Southeast Military Drive.
The AirTag incident follows criticism directed at Apple regarding the tagging gadget.
AirTags have been utilized by individuals to pursue ex-partners and even public figures, as of late.
Apple stated in a comment to Fox News: "AirTag was designed to help people locate their personal belongings, not to track people or another person's property, and we condemn in the strongest possible terms any malicious use of our products."
"Unwanted tracking has long been a societal problem, and we took this concern seriously in the design of AirTag."
"It's why the Find My network is built with privacy in mind, uses end-to-end encryption, and why we innovated with the first-ever proactive system to alert you of unwanted tracking.
"We hope this starts an industry trend for others to also provide these sorts of proactive warnings in their products."