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Homeowner charged in fatal Franklin County shooting

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A Franklin County homeowner faces criminal charges in the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect early Christmas morning in Fayetteville.  The incident began just after 5 am when alleged suspect Janorris Hughes, 21, armed with a .22 caliber rifle, broke in and attempted to rob Mickle Joe Shaffer, 54, and everyone else inside his home.  One of the victims, Terry Fulton, 36, fought back. During the struggle Fulton was shot three times.  Police say both Fulton and Hughes fled, leaving the rifle behind.

Shaffer picked up the rifle and went after Hughes, shooting him in the lower back. Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene at about 6:48 am.  State Police subsequently charged Shaffer with Criminal Homicide for shooting Hughes. Shaffer is being held without bail at Franklin County Prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next week.

“Definitely a terrible thing,” says Trooper Rob Hicks of Pennsylvania State Police. “Most people wake up in the morning on Christmas expecting a nice, peaceful day with their friends and family. To wake up to this, I’m sure, is terrifying.”

Police would not comment directly on the charges, or say whether the Shaffer had any prior relationship to Hughes.

15 comments

  • Steve

    This is horrible! People have been criticizing Florida's Stand Your Ground Law after the Trayvon incident, but imagine it being applied to this one. Man robs your house, shoots your relative, and when you fight back you get arrested for Homicide! Horrible and embarassing!

  • Lorraine

    How far did Shaffer chase Hughes before he shot him? This story needs more detail.
    In PA you may only use the amount of force needed to protect yourself or others around you. If Hughes was far enough (subjective term) away, then it is considered homicide in PA.

    • remember

      Shaffer was making a citizen's arrest of a person committing a felony. He has that right. If the person doesn't stop he can shoot him.

  • JustSayin

    Why did the guy who fought back run? That doesn't make sense. Was he assisting in the robbery? And how is the homeowner charged with homicide. This makes no sense!

    • Phil

      Yer correct, We need more information. I know if some punk tries to rob me or harm one of mine their bussard meat. Lets have all the facts.

  • MyTakeOnIt

    This story is too brief and confusing. Poorly written. Was Fulton a robber or a not?

    The idea of the homeowner being charged for this, as described in the story, is completely stupid and will probably incite an outcry from the public and lawmakers.

  • AsISeeIt

    I have to agree that the story has A LOT of missing pieces. This site has been doing that lately. Only giving bits of a story to a catchy headline. Really, things should not be reported until there is a story to tell. The whole story. The limited information is misleading and gives the appearance of ones lack of interest in what they are reporting. To top it off it seems as though the homeowner is seen as the criminal rather than the victim. One can only wonder how any of us would have handled the same situation. I hope that if it comes to it, that a jury of his peers sees it in such a light. I feel we cannot judge what we cannot understand or have empathy for.

  • sls

    free uncle mike he would never hurt anyone unless someone trys hurting him and that's what happened and now hes being charged for protecting his self and land that they came onto to rob him

  • Remember

    Shaffer was making a citizen's arrest of a baboon committing a felony. He is innocent since the suspect did not stop when told to freeze by Shaffer. If you're on the jury, hang it up. The man is innocent.

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