Bystander may face charge after opening fire at shoplifting suspects at Arrowhead Towne Center

GLENDALE, AZ - Police say a man who fired four shots at shoplifters at a Valley mall last week could be charged with a felony.

Glendale police Officer Tracey Breeden said Wednesday that 61-year-old Mervin Brewer may face one charge of unlawful discharge of a firearm after the Friday incident.

Michael Hough and his wife Shaashana were arrested Saturday in Phoenix after they attempted to steal a DeWalt drill from the Sears store at Arrowhead Towne Center the previous day, said Sgt. Jay O'Neill.

The couple was stopped by an unarmed loss prevention officer as they attempted to leave the store. Shaashana, 33, then pulled out the gun, which was later determined to be a plastic, from her backpack when the prevention officer tried to detain the two, said police.

O'Neill said Brewer was waiting in the parking lot for his wife and witnessed the suspect brandishing a gun in the officer's direction, and exited his vehicle armed with his own weapon.

Brewer then saw his wife leaving the store in the direction of the officer.

Fearing for the safety of both his wife and the officer, Brewer fired his handgun four times toward the suspects, O'Neill said.

O'Neill said no bystanders or security officers were struck in the confrontation.

The suspects fled on a motorcycle, which authorities were able to recover at a residence near the 17600 block of North 79th Avenue, said O'Neill. Authorities then used surveillance video to positively identify the suspects.

Breeden said Glendale police detectives will be submitting the unlawful discharge of a firearm charge to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for review.

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