TUSCON, Ariz. (CBS Las Vegas) - A local senior citizen shot a 22-year-old man after he caught him sleeping beside his wife in their guest house.
According to ABC 15, the unnamed 68-year-old man found Stephen Trevor Chapman, 22, slumbering next to his 63-year-old wife. Authorities told the station that, upon discovering the pair, he woke Chapman by tapping him with a cane and telling him to leave.
Chapman reportedly responded by yelling and refusing to go. Officials with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office then said that the homeowner, who is said to have Parkinson’s disease, fired what was referred to as a “warning shot” in Chapman’s direction.
The bullet hit a nearby wall, and Chapman sustained a minor hand injury from a stray fragment.
Deputies were soon called to the home, located in a senior community.
“Clearly, this young man should have heeded the warnings of the home owner to leave his residence and to stop sleeping with his wife,” said Sheriff Paul Babeu was quoted as saying. “The young man is lucky that he only got poked with a cane and hit with a stray pellet from the shotgun.”
Chapman was subsequently arrested and is charged with one count of disorderly conduct, ABC 15 learned. More charges are expected.
For the time being, he was reportedly booked to the Pinal County Jail while his case is submitted to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for further processing.