- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

TITUSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A northwestern Pennsylvania woman has been jailed on charges she fatally shot her live-in boyfriend after he handed her a gun and dared her to shoot him while she was packing up to move out.

Thirty-nine-year-old Tina Louise Shaffer, of Plum Township, faces a preliminary hearing March 12 on a charge of criminal homicide in the death of 49-year-old Lloyd “Buddy” Shontz Jr.

State police in Franklin say Shaffer’s adult son called 911 to report the shooting about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Shaffer told police Shontz handed her the gun and said, “Shoot me if that’s what you want.” Shaffer said she didn’t remember pulling the trigger, but told police she “must have” because the gun went off.

Shaffer’s public defender, Jeffrey Misko, tells The Associated Press he’s still investigating and can’t comment.

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