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Elderly man shoots and kills nearly naked home intruder who assaulted him and his wife, PA police say

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An elderly man and his wife were violently attacked by a home intruder but he was able to shoot and kill the suspect, who was nearly naked at the time.

Pennsylvania State Police said that 54-year-old Steven David Schaffer had tried to get into another home in Berwick Township and other people's cars before he assaulted the couple who are in their seventies.

They said that Schaffer was nude during the attack except for a t-shirt.

During the attack the husband told his wife to get their gun from their bedroom. Police said that Schaffer followed the woman and "violently attacked" her while she tried to retrieve the gun. The husband was able to get the gun and shoot Schaffer several times, killing him.

The woman who was attacked was airlifted to a hospital where she is listed in critical condition.

Police said that Schaffer lived down the street from the elderly couple, but that they were not acquainted.

"Obviously this is a very sad situation," said Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Mark Magyar. "We all have an expectation to safety and privacy in our homes and not to have somebody come in and intrude the way that Mr. Schaefer did.

Other residents of the neighborhood were disturbed by the incident.

"It’s close to home and you’re out with your kids doing things or even home with your kids," said Amanda Collins to WPMT-TV. "Not everyone locks their doors when they’re home. You’re supposed to be safe in your house."

"I actually live down the road like two, three minutes down the road. I was at work and I was just like, here we go again," said Brooke Forbes.

"The world isn’t getting any better," she added.

Here's a local news report about the incident:

State police: Intruder fatally shot by Adams County homeowner www.youtube.com

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