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Former marine faces charges for shooting at female robber who pointed a gun at his wife

By Mason White 11:24 AM January 16, 2014
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By: Debbi Gross
(Scroll down for video) A man who tried to protect himself, his wife and other people, may face gun charges.

Mervin Brewer, 61, of Arizona, a former Marine, pulled out a gun to stop an armed robbery. The robber pointed a gun at his wife. Now, he is facing felony charges for illegally discharging a firearm.

The incident occurred in the parking lot of the Arrowhead Town Center in Maricopa County. Brewer was waiting in his car while his wife was shopping at Sears.

As his wife was about to exit the store, he saw a woman pointing a gun as she and her husband were trying to get out of Sears with a stolen electric drill.

Brewer, who was watching the situation unfold, jumped into action. He pulled his gun and pointed it at the thieves.

The woman dropped the gun and the pair fled on a motorcycle.

Police caught the suspects, who were identified as Michael and Shaashana Hough.

They were arrested and charged with armed robbery. The couple told police that they tried to steal the power tool so they could sell it and buy food.

Further investigation revealed that the gun Shaashana Hough used was a toy.

She painted the orange indicator so that the toy looked like a real gun. Shaashana Hough said that they have the gun to protect themselves on the streets.

Brewer told police that he was fearing for the lives of his wife and other shoppers.

Now, police have submitted a felony charge of unlawful discharge of a firearm against Brewer.

The district attorney will decided whether to go ahead with the charges against Brewer.