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#1 Hum

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 23:49

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.

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 23:59

Hope he stays in jail for a long time.

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 00:34

Hope he stays in jail for a long time.


The guy shouldn't have run out after him. (Although different states have different laws). However the other guy shouldn't have been an intruder.

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 00:41

Great. More sympathy for the Devil. Why?



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 00:44

We've lost two model citizens. :ermm:



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 00:45

Waits for Docm to tell us about the fleeing felon law lol. 

 

Depends if PA has that law, can't find a list of which states abide by it. Judging by how he's being treated I'd guess not?



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 00:49

Depends if PA has that law, can't find a list of which states abide by it. Judging by how he's being treated I'd guess not?

What i meant is he advocates this type of behavior.



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 00:51

Depends if PA has that law, can't find a list of which states abide by it. Judging by how he's being treated I'd guess not?

No, it doesn't.



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 00:57

in the grand scheme of things I have no remorse at the loss of someone who intended to rob a person on Christmas Day.  However if this guy was truly shot in the back then it would be hard for the shooter to argue he felt threatened when he was turned away from you. 



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 00:58

Actually, wait... 

 

"The common law principle that a killing necessary to prevent the escape of a felon is justifiable developed at a time when the distinction between felony and misdemeanor was very different than it is today. Statutory expansion of the class of felonies has made the common law rule manifestly inadequate for modern law.2 Hence, the need for a change or limitation in the rule is indicated. We therefore hold that from this date forward the use of deadly force by a private person in order to prevent the escape of one who has committed a felony or has joined or assisted in the commission of a felony is justified only if the felony committed is treason, murder, voluntary manslaughter, mayhem, arson, robbery, common law rape, common law burglary, kidnapping, assault with intent to murder, rape or rob, or a felony which normally causes or threatens death or great bodily harm. We also note that for the use of deadly force to be justified it remains absolutely essential, as before, that one of the enumerated felonies has been committed and that the person against whom the force is used is the one who committed it or joined or assisted in committing it. If the private citizen acts on suspicion that such a felony has been committed, he acts at his own peril. For the homicide to be justifiable, it must be established that his suspicion was correct."

 

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 09:12

I don't care what some idiot wild west era law says; the guy was no longer in danger as the felon had fled. Pursuing and gunning him down is nothing but murder.



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 09:35

I don't care what some law says;

 

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A lot of bad things have happened with someone saying those words  :rofl:



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 10:09

... the guy was no longer in danger as the felon had fled. Pursuing and gunning him down is nothing but murder.

Until the next time ...

 

Janorris Hughes had been convicted of felony conspiracy-burglary charges in January of this year, for an incident that occurred in May 2012. He was also convicted of misdemeanor theft, conspiracy-theft and receiving stolen property.



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 10:25

Until the next time ...

 

Janorris Hughes had been convicted of felony conspiracy-burglary charges in January of this year, for an incident that occurred in May 2012. He was also convicted of misdemeanor theft, conspiracy-theft and receiving stolen property.

 

Still murder. The householder, stopped, thought about it, went back home, loaded the gun, went out to find the robber, shot him.

 

Pr-meditated actions = murder.



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 10:48

Yes,

The home owner was totally wrong here, but glad he got the prick that was trying to rob him!!