Tempe store owner arrested after shooting at suspect during foot pursuit
James Schumacher By Jennifer Thomas
Richard Palma By Jennifer Thomas
TEMPE, Ariz. - A wild shooting and foot chase landed a Tempe store owner and a suspected credit-card thief in jail.
Tempe police said a man, later identified as Richard Palma, entered the Up In Smoke store near Mill Avenue and Baseline Road at approximately 2:45 p.m. Saturday.
Owner James Schumacher was working at the business and told police that Palma attempted to make a purchase using a stolen credit card.
According to Schumacher, Palma reached into his pocket and retrieved what he thought was the handle of a knife. Police said a knife was never located.
Schumacher pulled out a gun to stop Palma. The suspect then ran out of the store with Schumacher in pursuit.
Police said Schumacher fired multiple shots in the crowded strip mall. The shots missed Palma, but four bystanders in the parking lot and nearby business were nearly hit by the rounds. The pursuit ended a few blocks away at Kiwanis Park where police took both men into custody.
Schumacher, 53, of Maricopa, was placed under arrest for five counts of aggravated assault. The final charges will be determined by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.
Palma, 31, of Guadalupe, was arrested and is currently facing charges of theft of a credit card and fraudulent use of a credit card.