Domestic Disturbance Leads to Gunfire
Just after midnight on Sept. 5, police were called to the Hazlett residence on Fork Hill Rd. in Franklin Township, Susquehanna County, for a report of a domestic disturbance. Shane Hazlett, 36, was escorted off the property and ordered not to return. Hazlett went to a friend’s house and began harassing his family via Facebook, then obtained a ride to his mother’s residence and threatened to kill family and friends. The family remained behind locked doors in fear, but Hazlett gained entrance by throwing a fire extinguisher through a front window and unlocking the door. He then punched his brother, Bowen Hazlett, knocking out a tooth, kicked his mother, Nancy Hazlett, and choked his sister, Jennifer Hazlett-Gray. His threats continued as family forced him back out the door, where he threatened to kill himself.
From there, he went to a barn on the property, began damaging it and then attempted to ride an injured horse but was thrown. Nancy Hazlett and other family again confronted him, to protect the horse and to order him off the property, but Shane refused to leave or let go of the horse. Nancy had armed herself with a .22 caliber pistol out of fear, and when Shane saw the gun he charged his mother, screaming and dragging the horse with him. Nancy fired the weapon and struck him in the chest, stopping his charge. She and son Bowen then called 911 and began emergency care. Shane Hazlett was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, NY, where he was treated and released. Upon release, Johnson City police took him into custody on charges filed in Pennsylvania. He faces charges of burglary, criminal trespass, terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another, harassment and stalking.