A Tempe gun store owner was arrested along with a suspected thief Saturday after the owner fired four rounds at a shoplifter who stole a pistol out of his shop.
Police said a man walked out of the S&S Firearms store, 906 S. Priest with an AK pistol worth $750 without paying for it. Store owner Stephen Saridakis, 59, then followed the man outside the business and pointed a .45 caliber handgun at him while demanding his weapon back.
The man gave the gun back to the owner, but left right away. Police said the store owner then fired four shots at the thief’s vehicle with his handgun, flattening a tire.
Police arrested Nathaniel Jones, 21, a short time later at 1129 W. Elna Rae on suspicion of theft of a firearm. Saridakis was also arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a firearm. Jones was taken to Tempe City Jail and Saridakis was released pending review of the charges by a prosecutor.
No one was injured during the shooting.