Christmas Home Invasion Lands Homeowner In Jail For Murder

Many home invasions are reported across America during the holidays, but one zealous Pennsylvania homeowner who was a victim on Christmas Day, then chased and gunned down the intruder an hour later, using the intruder’s own rifle, has been charged with murder.

mickie shaffer
Mickie Shaffer

Mickle Joe Shaffer, 54, of Fayetteville, Pennsylvania, is being held without bond in the death of 21-year-old Janoris Hughes.

Janoris Hughes is listed in online court records as a resident of Naples, Florida and a fugitive from justice on burglary charges in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, about 12 miles from Fayetteville. His past includes arrests for indecent exposure and obstructing an officer.

Janoris Hughes
Janoris Hughes

The York Daily Register reported that Hughes entered Shaffer’s home about 5:15 a.m. Christmas morning and ordered Shaffer and several other people into a bedroom.

One of those people, Terry “Dread” L. Fulton, 36, was shot three times as he fought with Hughes. Both he and Hughes ran from the house. Fulton got in his truck and drove away, but crashed into a utility pole about 2 1/2 miles away, where he was found.

Shaffer told police he found Hughes’s .22 caliber rifle after Hughes fled, put his own rounds of ammo into it, and went after Hughes. He found Hughes behind the house and told him to freeze, but he said Hughes started to reach into his waistband.

Shaffer said he thought Hughes was reaching for a gun, and when Hughes turned to run, Shaffer fired, shooting him in the back. Witnesses said Shaffer then stood over Hughes and told him, “Move and I’ll shoot you again.” Hughes was pronounced dead on the scene at 6:48 a.m.

Pennsylvania’s version of stand your ground law, called Act 10 of 2011. includes the “no duty to retreat” provision, and allows a person to use deadly force in self-defense against an intruder or attacker, anywhere they have a right to be.

But the law states that Hughes either had to be “in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering the house” or had “unlawfully and forcefully entered”, and was “present within it.”

Outside his house, Shaffer had the right to use deadly force if he believed that it was “immediately necessary” to protect himself against death or serious bodily injury from an attacker. Shaffer shot Hughes in the back over an hour after the invasion.

The bill includes a requirement that a person using deadly force outside a building or vehicle must actually see an attacker displaying or using a gun or a replica of a gun, or “any other weapon readily or apparently capable of lethal use.”

Police did not say whether Hughes was armed when he was shot, but mentioned only the assault rifle in court documents obtained by the York Daily Register.

Though police have not characterized the activity in Shaffer’s home, the law wouldn’t apply if the home invasion was related to any criminal activity in the house.

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8 thoughts on “Christmas Home Invasion Lands Homeowner In Jail For Murder

  1. Too bad he didn’t put them both down inside the house. Gotta keep in mind this never would have happened if the thugs hadn’t broken into the person’s house (Christmas morning, threatening all inside). Unfortunately, this victim may have taken things too far. However, if someone threatened to kill my wife, my child and then ran, would I go after him. Wouldn’t you?

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  2. Home invasions are on the rise and very frightening. “Immediately necessary,” he should have let police deal with him, not chasing him down later. 😦

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