STROUD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man was charged with homicide after he fatally shot a man and wounded a woman who he said were trying to rob his house, authorities said.
Randy Halterman, 66, of Stroud Township, also faces attempted homicide and aggravated assault counts stemming from Tuesday's shooting in the Monroe County community. He remains jailed without bail, and it wasn't known Thursday if he had retained an attorney.
Police responded to Halterman's home for a report of shots fired and found him there holding a handgun. He was told to put the weapon down and, after he complied, was taken to a patrol car while officers searched his home.
The officers soon found the wounded woman, who had been shot in the upper chest and abdomen, and a man who had been shot several times. He was pronounced dead at the scene, while she was flown to a hospital.
Halterman told police he was on the home’s second floor when he heard a noise and assumed it was an animal. But when he heard voices, he grabbed his .22-caliber handgun and pointed it in the direction from where the voices came, authorities said.
Halterman then moved a curtain, saw two people standing about 10 feet (3 meters) away from him holding flashlights, and he fired a shot at each person, authorities said. The pair then ran toward the stairs leading to the first floor and got to the bottom of the stairs before Halterman fired four more rounds at the man because he “didn’t want them to get away,” authorities said.