February 19

Gun dissuades insistent Mass. snow shoveler

The elderly couple told him to leave, but he just banged on their door harder.

The Associated Press

LOWELL, Mass. — Police in Lowell say a man who demanded money for shoveling the driveway of an elderly couple who hadn’t asked him to do so was chased away when the 79-year-old woman answered her door holding a gun.

Police say the man knocked on the door of the woman and her 81-year-old husband at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and forcefully asked for payment for shoveling.

They told him to leave, so he banged on the door harder.

Police tell The Sun that the woman came to the door again, this time holding a gun at her side. She never pointed it, just told the man to go away. She was licensed to carry the gun.

Police found the man, talked to him and the couple, and didn’t bring any charges.

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