Glendale Police are recommending the man who fired four shots at shoplifting suspects outside Arrowhead Mall last Friday be charged with a felony.
Police will ask the Maricopa County attorney to charge Mervin Brewer, 61, with unlawful discharge of a firearm.
Mervin Brewer, 61, was sitting in a vehicle waiting for his wife at a Sears store, and saw one of the suspects pull a gun on a loss prevention officer. Brewer got out of his vehicle to help.
As he approached the suspects, he saw his 64-year-old wife walking out of the store. Fearing for the safety of his spouse and the officer, Brewer opened fire toward the armed suspect, identified as Shaashana Hough, 33, police said.
The gun the suspect was allegedly holding was later determined to be a toy.
Shaashana Hough is being held on $50,000 bond on suspicion of armed robbery and aggravated assault while Michael Hough, 35, is being held on $38,000 bond on suspicion of armed robbery.
Glendale police said the couple was in the process of shoplifting a DeWalt 18-volt cordless drill in a Sears store.
Michael Hough removed the security packaging from the item and walked out of the store without paying for the drill, according to a probable cause statement.
As they were leaving from the upper level, an unarmed loss prevention officer tried to stop them.
A woman who was outside Arrowhead Towne Center when it happened that day told 911 dispatchers, "I am not injured but the bullet went right by my head."
Authorities released several 911 calls and surveillance footage on Wednesday.
Another 911 caller, who had been parked at a nearby movie theater, reported a bullet hole in her car.
The suspects fled on a black motorcycle.
Another 911 caller reported seeing the vehicle speed away.
A sport bike matching the description was found at a nearby apartment complex in the 17600 block of North 79th Avenue. Officers were able to match the motorcycle's registration to Michael Hough.
The couple was arrested Saturday night in the area of 26th Avenue and Deer Valley Road in Phoenix.
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Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:51:41 GMT
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