Man who shot at shoplifting suspects could be charged

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by azfamily.com

Video report by Natalie Brand

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 6:41 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A man who reportedly opened fire on two shoplifting suspects apparently armed with a gun at Arrowhead Towne Center could face charges.

Glendale Police say they will submit a felony charge of unlawful discharge of a firearm to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for review.

Mervin Brewer, a 61-year-old Marine, said he was waiting for his wife in the Sears parking lot last Friday when he saw a woman pull a gun on a loss-prevention officer. The gun was later found to be a toy, according to court documents.

Shaashana Marie Hough, 33, allegedly pointed the gun at the unarmed loss prevention officer when the officer tried to detain her and her husband, 35-year-old Michael John Hough, for stealing a DeWalt drill.

Brewer told 3TV he shot at the suspects
to protect himself, the loss-prevention officer and his wife.

"Without a doubt it was justified," he told 3TV on Friday night. "When they pointed the gun at me, they messed with the wrong Marine is all I can tell them."

According to the Glendale Police Department, Brewer fired his gun four times.

Several people called 911 to report the shooting.

"I think a bullet just whizzed by my head," a caller reported. She told the dispatcher she was not injured.

Police say forensic technicians found possible bullet strikes to the side of a tree and two cars parked in the lower level parking lot, east of Sears.

One of the bullets hit an FJ Cruiser parked near the AMC Theatres.

"I understand why he did what he did ... but I wish he called police before he opened fire," said the female owner of the FJ Cruiser, who declined to be identified. "It's upsetting. Thank goodness my family and I are okay."

Brewer declined to comment Monday night. His wife told 3TV they've been advised not to speak about the case.

It's unknown when the County Attorney's Office will decide whether the case moves forward.

Meanwhile, Glendale Police arrested the Houghs last Saturday on felony charges of armed robbery, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.

No injuries were reported in the shooting.

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