AUBURN — Police said a Minot man fired a gun at his stolen vehicle Wednesday night as the driver took off.

Michael Sawyer, 27, who reported his vehicle stolen earlier in the week, told police he spied it Wednesday night parked at a gas station on Center Street, according to police Chief Jason Moen.

Sawyer confronted the operator and fired a gun at his vehicle as it was driven away, the chief said.

A caller reported a gunshot in that area about 10:20 p.m.

A witness described the suspect as a man who got into a black Pontiac and sped off.

Portland police recovered Sawyer’s vehicle later Wednesday night, Moen said.

Sawyer was charged with reckless conduct with a firearm, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Brianna Meserve, 24, of Portland was charged with theft by receiving stolen property. That charge also is a Class C felony, which carries the same punishment.

Moen said the case remained under active investigation and no further details were available Thursday.

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