AGUILA, AZ - Authorities say a man whose truck was stolen in northwestern Maricopa County fired warning gunshots in the dark at sheriff's deputies who had found the vehicle.
The deputies weren't injured and didn't return fire.
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Joaquin Enriquez says the truck's owner ignored an order to let deputies handle the search near the community of Aguila early Sunday morning and drove around with two others looking for the truck.
Enriquez says the owner initially denied involvement in the shooting and said he saw people running from the truck.
Enriquez says the owner didn't think he was firing at deputies who were about 20 feet away, but his actions were still reckless.
Three people were taken into custody after the incident.
The first was identified as 53-year-old Grant Scheer who lives in Wyoming but visits Arizona a few months a year, according to MCSO. Scheer was charged with two counts of endangerment and one count of disorderly conduct involving weapons.
The second man taken into custody was John Arthur Mitchell, 56, who lives in Wittmann and faces one count of false information to law enforcement.
The third person taken into custody was Stacy Ann Glause, 45, who also lives in Wittmann. She faces one count of false information to law enforcement.
All three were booked into the 4th Avenue Jail in Phoenix.