The owner of a marijuana dispensary was arrested on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm late Wednesday after he shot at a robbery suspect, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.

At about 11:15 p.m., officers heard gunfire in the area of 34th and San Dimas streets and a few minutes later the BPD got a report of a business burglary in the 300 block of 34th Street, a news release said.

Responding officers contacted the business owner, Tom Pham, 57, who said he was inside an unattached building adjacent to the marijuana dispensary when he received an alarm notification.

It turned out Pham armed himself with a firearm and responded outside, the news release said. Pham saw the suspect, a Hispanic male about 35 and 5-feet, 10-inches tall, wearing a white T-shirt and white shorts, exiting a hole in the business’ roof.

Pham fired several shots in the air to “scare” the suspect, who told Pham there were two additional suspects inside, according to the news release. Pham’s attention was diverted and the suspect fled westbound and got away.

Police established a perimeter and cleared the business; they didn’t find additional suspects.

Pham was arrested on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm and his firearm was seized.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call the BPD at 327-7111.

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