TAMARAC (CBSMiami) – A South Florida grandfather and husband of the woman who allegedly shot her son-in-law, has also been arrested and charged in the case.
According to BSO, Sheldon Hepner, 68, was charged Thursday with accessory after the fact for lying to detectives about how and when his wife, Cheryl, obtained the handgun she used in the shooting.
Investigators say Sheldon Hepner told detectives he hasn’t had a gun in his house for years. However, detectives tracked the gun to Cheryl Hepner’s brother, Harvey Stein of Lake Worth, who after initially lying to detectives, tearfully admitted that he gave the gun to the Hepners’ a few weeks before the shooting so they could defend themselves against Salvatore Miglino, the Hepners’ son-in-law. Stein told detectives he loaded the gun, told them how to operate it and told them that they had to do was pull the trigger.
Sheldon Hepner is in custody in a local hospital.
Salvatore Miglino, in the midst of a bitter divorce and custody battle with the Hepners’ daughter, is also recovering from two gunshot wounds.
On Wednesday, December 7th, Miglino went to the Hepners’ Tamarac home to pick up his 3-year-old child but before he got out of his car, he started the video record button on his cell phone because he expected a confrontation and that’s what he got.
Cheryl Hepner met Miglino outside of her home with the boy’s pillow and bag and told him to come into the house because his father-in-law wanted to talk to him. Miglino declined and when he asked for the pillow and bag, Hepner, 66, pulled a handgun out from behind the pillow and fired three shots at her son-in-law, according to BSO.
With the iPhone camera still rolling, it captured the violent, sudden attack.
Wounded in his ribcage and shoulder, Miglino landed on top of her in the front yard.
On the recording, he is heard screaming, “I can’t believe you did that. I can’t believe you shot me.” She uses profanity and repeatedly tells him to get off of her. Afterward, she told authorities that Miglino had tried to shoot her but she knocked the gun out of his hand, picked it up and shot him instead.
Hepner: I tried to grab the gun and shoot. I don’t know.
911: Did you guys scuffle for the gun?
HEpner: Yes he had me down on the floor on the ground outside.
911: Did he pull the gun on you or did you pull it on him?
Hepner: No he pulled the gun on me and he’s got it and he drove away.
But Miglino told a 911 dispatcher a different story.
Miglino: Oh my God. I’m shot.
MIglino: I took the gun away from her. I have it.
911: Where are you shot?
Miglino: On my shoulder and on my side. I can’t believe she shot me!
Ddetectives said she planned the attack and was arrested the following day and charged with attempted first-degree murder.
Miglino was treated for his injuries at Broward General Hospital, and released,
Police said that Miglino’s three-year-old son was not at home at the time of the shooting. The boy was apparently off having pizza with his mother.