Roger Witter, 48, was in an Oregon AT&T store when he saw two young men stealing iPhones. He chased them outside, pistol in hand, and fired shots at the car as it sped off.
Witter told police he was trying to shoot out the car's tires. He was arrested and charged with "unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangerment disorderly conduct. and unlawful discharge of a firearm. His handgun and concealed weapons permit were seized."
"It is important to remember that no matter how frustrated one may be with crime and the criminal justice system, it is not permissible to use deadly force in this type of situation," Gresham Sgt. Rick Wilson said in announcing Witter's arrest. "Those two rounds could've gone anywhere. In fact, we're still not sure where they went. They could've struck an innocent bystander or damaged property."