Four suspects from Milwaukee arrested after CCW permit holder robbed during gun sale

RICHFIELD -- Officials with the Washington County Sheriff's Office say a firearm being sold by a 66-year-old CCW permit holder to a buyer in the parking lot of an Ashley Furniture store in Richfield was stolen Tuesday, April 26th -- and shots were fired by the seller at the suspects as they fled the scene. Four people were later taken into custody.

Officials say the incident happened around 10:30 a.m.

The 66-year-old Jackson man had made arrangements online to sell a handgun to a buyer in the Ashley Furniture parking lot in Richfield.

Sheriff's officials say a buyer in this case approached the seller's vehicle on foot and entered it.

The buyer then began to inspect the firearm, while another male approached the vehicle on foot, and opened the driver's side of the vehicle armed with a handgun.

The suspect who was armed then threatened the seller with another firearm, and both suspects then fled the scene with the stolen handgun.

The seller, whom officials said is a valid CCW permit holder, then exited his car and retrieved another concealed pistol from the car and shot at least one round towards the suspects that were fleeing.

Responding deputies conducted a canvass of the areas near the parking lot, and were able to obtain descriptions of the suspects and a description of their vehicle.

A vehicle was located in the area of 124th Street and Old Orchard Road in Menomonee Falls by officials with the Germantown Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and Menomonee Falls Police Department.

The vehicle was stopped and four suspects were taken into custody -- three males, ages 17, 18 and 22 and a 17-year-old female -- all of Milwaukee. Officials say the adults have lengthy violent criminal records including a previous conviction for armed robbery.

Officials say evidence was located that ties these suspects to the armed robbery at the Ashley Furniture store.

No one was injured during this incident.