A Pennsylvania couple in their late 70s were minding their own business a few days before Christmas had a very unwelcome mid-day visitor on Wednesday. A 54-year-old man sporting a T-shirt — and nothing else — barged into their home and started savagely beating the husband.
The wife managed to retreat to the bedroom and retrieve a handgun. The suspect followed her, though, and attacked her, too. As the home invader beat the elderly woman, the husband gained possession of the handgun. Cops say that’s when the husband shot Steven Shaffer rapidly and repeatedly, ending the attack once and for all.
Shaffer then successfully completed the room temperature challenge. Both of the homeowners were hospitalized with serious injuries. The wife is listed in critical condition.
State police said they received numerous calls around 11:22 a.m. Wednesday about a man who was trying to get into a home and banging on vehicles on Green Springs Road in Berwick Township.
That man, who troopers identified as 54-year-old Steven Shaffer, then entered the home of a married couple in their 70s through an unlocked front door and began assaulting the man, state police said.
When the man told his wife to get a firearm from a bedroom, state police said, Shaffer followed the woman and assaulted her.
Even if one believes they live in a “safe” neighborhood, it remains prudent to keep the doors locked. Home carry of a defensive firearm can help as well.
Credit this defensive gun use as two more lives saved by civilian firearm ownership.