Forest City, NC – Daughter Saves Mother’s Life when Boyfriend Attacked – She Shot Him
The 15 year old daughter of a woman in Forest City, North Carolina fatally shot her mother’s boyfriend. He was reportedly choking her mother and shouting that he was going to cut her throat and kill everyone in the house. So her brother got a gun, gave it to her, and she shot the suspect. The girl will not be charged.
The incident occurred on Wednesday last week. Rutherford County deputies responded to a home in Forest City based on reports of gunfire. When they arrived, they found Steven Kelley dead from two gunshot wounds to the chest.
“Deputies learned that Kelley and his girlfriend, Chandra Nierman, 44, and her three children, a son, 12, and daughters, 15 and 16, had recently moved to the area from Indiana.
Investigators determined that Kelley had attacked Nierman and was choking her, yelling that he was going to cut her throat and kill everyone in the house.
Nierman’s son went and got a gun and her 15-year-old daughter took the gun from her brother and fired it twice, hitting Kelley in the chest.
Deputies said one of the rounds fragmented, and grazed Nierman’s sixteen-year-old daughter in the leg. She was taken to Spartanburg Regional Hospital and was released Thursday.
Deputies said Nierman had significant bruises from the attack.
Deputies said they learned that Kelley had threatened Nierman repeatedly and that on Aug. 4, he assaulted her and fired a gun several times inside the home to threaten and terrorize her.”
Kelley was a convicted felon. He had numerous guns in the house and according to the article, “frequently carried one.” North Caorlina is an open carry state, and they had just recently moved there, so there would have been no obvious reason to check that. He had two active domestic violence protection orders against him from two other women, one in Ohio and one in Indiana – yet another thing that should have precluded him from having guns.
The District Attorney reviewed the case file and declined to prosecute the 15 year old, ruling it justifiable.
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