Two people from Timaru are to appear in court today after shots were fired at police during an aggravated robbery in Fairlie last night.
A 26-year-old Timaru man faces charges including aggravated robbery, assault and using a firearm against a law enforcement officer.
A 22-year-old woman is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery.
Inspector Dave Gaskin said the police responded to reports of an aggravated robbery of Timaru Post and Gift Shop by a man armed with a knife at about 5pm.
Two hours later, a second robbery was reported at the BP Petrol Station in Fairlie by a man of a similar description carrying a firearm.
The police set up a cordon and stopped the driver. They said he got out of the car, shot towards the police officer and drove off.
The car was stopped again a short time later and two people arrested.
No one was injured in the incident.