Late one night in early August, Chandra Nierman was being choked by her abusive boyfriend in front of her three children. He also threatened to slit her throat and kill everyone inside the home.
Nierman’s 12-year-old son saw enough and went to grab a gun. Waiting no longer, the 15-year-old sister of the boy grabbed the gun from him and fired two shots at her mother’s boyfriend.
Both shots struck 46-year-old Steven Kelley in the chest, killing him.
The other sibling, a 16-year-old girl, was injured by a bullet fragment. She was held in the hospital for one day and then released.
This isn’t the first time that Kelley threatened his girlfriend and the family, and he’s also no stranger to criminal activity.
Investigators said Aug. 8 wasn’t the first time Kelley attacked Nierman. He also attacked her on Aug. 4, threatened to terrorize her and fired several rounds inside the home.
As if that weren’t enough, this convicted felon is said to have had several firearms in his possession.
Kelley was a convicted felon who had several guns that he often carried on his person. He had two domestic violence protection orders against him from two women in Indiana and Ohio.
It wasn’t immediately clear who owned the firearm that was used by the daughter to shoot Kelley, but what we do know is that the quick action taken by both the son and daughter stopped a potentially deadly assault from continuing.
Nierman is said to have suffered significant bruising to her neck as a result of the attack.
The DA declined to press charges against anyone.
It was later learned that at least two other women had domestic violence protection orders against Kelley.