Michael Hough, 35, and his wife Shaashana, 33, were arrested Saturday in Phoenix after they attempted to rob the Sears department store at Arrowhead Towne Center of a DeWalt drill on Friday, said Sgt. Jay O'Neill in an emailed release.
The couple was stopped last week by an unarmed loss prevention officer as they attempted to leave the store, said O'Neill. The wife then pulled out a handgun from her backpack when the prevention officer tried to detain the two, said police.
O'Neill said a 61-year-old man waiting in the parking lot for his wife witnessed the suspect brandishing a gun in the officer's direction, and exited his vehicle armed with his own weapon.
The man then saw his wife leaving the store in the direction of the officer.
Fearing for the safety of both his wife and the officer, the man fired his handgun toward the suspects, O'Neill said. It is unclear how many shots were fired.
O'Neill said no bystanders or security officers were struck in the confrontation, but witnesses told police one of both of the suspects may have been hit by gunfire.
The suspects then 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.
Both Michael and Shaashana were booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on charges of armed robbery, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.