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Man charged with murder for shooting burglar he chased on Christmas

On Christmas morning Janorris Hughes broke into the Franklin County home of Mickle Shaffer and tried to rob him and Shaffer’s friends. Police say Hughes was armed with a .22 caliber rifle. A fight allegedly broke out and Hughes used the rifle to shoot one of Shaffer’s friends before dropping the gun and running away.

That’s when Shaffer took action. Rob Hicks is a Pennsylvania State Trooper. He said that Hughes “brought the rifle back into the residence, he loaded it up with some of his own ammunition, grabbed a flashlight, made some comments about what he was going to do to the robber and he actually started to search for the robber.”

Roughly half an hour later Shaffer found Hughes and shot him in the back. FOX 43′s Legal Analyst said the act went beyond the limits of Pennsylvania’s Stand Your Ground Law of self defense. “If everything occurred within the home and there was the display of the weapon and the fear I think Mr. Shaffer would have been justified” said Breit.

Shaffer now stands charged with murder. “What Mr. Shaffer did by tracking him down was creating his own peril by putting himself in a situation where deadly force could be used but unlawfully” said Breit.


4 Comments to “Man charged with murder for shooting burglar he chased on Christmas”

    GimmeABreak said:
    December 30, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Good luck finding a jury to convict. The criminal who attempted the break in would be alive today had he not tried to break in to the persons home. Or at least that's how I would see it if I were on the jury. Oh I know there are opposing view points but thats mine.

    MyTakeOnIt said:
    December 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Okay. This explanation was much better written and more detailed than the previous story that enraged many of us in fox43-land.

    JustSayin said:
    December 31, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Hats off to Mr. Shaffer….that guy deserved to be hunted down and shot with his own gun he left behind. Hope I get picked for jury duty! NOT GUILTY!

      LTC(Ret) said:
      December 31, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      Regardless of what you or I think, you may not take the law into your own hands and hunt down a criminal and shoot him in the back. Not even police officers can legally shoot a person in the back. If you think about it, and you haven't, that would be chaos and possibly result in an innocent bystander being hurt or killed. We pay law enforcement to apprehend thieves and, in large part they do a good job of it. The perp left solid evidence behind AND his fingerprints. He would not get far from the law. As it is, Shaffer tampered with evidence at the very least and committed murder in the main.

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