A Fayetteville man told police he picked up an intruder's assault rifle, loaded his own rounds and followed the man out of his home before shooting him after an attempted robbery Christmas Day, court documents show.
Mickle Joe Shaffer, 54, of Mount Cydonia Road, now sits in Franklin County Prison after being charged with a count of homicide and denied bail.
Court documents released Thursday tell a tale of an attempted robbery gone horribly wrong. One of Shaffer's visitors, Terry L. Fulton, 36, allegedly got into an altercation with the would-be robber and was shot three times. Fulton was taken to York Hospital for treatment.
The intruder, later identified as Janorris Hughes, 21, then fled the scene, leaving the gun behind, state police said.
In court documents, Shaffer told police he found the rifle and brought it into his home. When he realized it was a .22-caliber rifle, he loaded his own rounds into the gun, grabbed a flashlight and set out to find Hughes.
Shaffer told police when he found Hughes, he yelled for the man to freeze. But as Hughes reached for his waistband - which Shaffer thought indicated a weapon - Shaffer fired, court documents state.
Hughes tried to run up the embankment behind the house, only to slide back down and lay still as Shaffer said he called 911, around 6:15 a.m.
The witnesses told police they saw Shaffer go outside with the rifle and flashlight and, about 30 minutes later, heard him shout, "I've got him trapped!"
The witnesses also told police they saw Hughes trying to climb the embankment, saw Shaffer pointing the gun at his back, then heard the gunshot.
They saw the man flip over onto his back and hold his lower abdominal area, and heard Shaffer say, "Move and I'll shoot you again!"
Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Connor pronounced Hughes dead at 6:48 a.m., with the cause of death appearing to be a single gunshot wound to the back.