Jeweler Shoots Two in Attempted Robbery

The 61-year-old owner of a Phoenix, Ariz., jewelry store shot two men who had used pepper spray on him during an attempted robbery, the Arizona Republic reports.

The suspects, identified Gregory Mills, 24, and Jason Buckingham, 27, were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to be charged Tuesday, the newspaper reports. the jeweler also sustained minor injuries.

The attempted robbery happened at about 2 p.m. Monday, the newspaper reports. Mills and Buckingham went to the jewelry store and tried to sell a watch, but were denied because it was missing parts. 

About 10 minutes later, they returned, pepper sprayed the store owner in the face, and smashed the glass of a display cabinet, the newspaper reports.

The owner pulled a gun from his pocket, shot each suspect, and held them at gunpoint until officers arrived, the newspaper reports.  

Investigators say the owner acted in self defense and won’t be charged.