LOWELL -- A man forcefully demanding money for shoveling the driveway of a woman who hadn't asked that her driveway be shoveled found himself dealing with a very tough customer in Centralville Tuesday night.

Police say they were called to a home on Bunker Hill Avenue at 7:30 p.m., when a 911 caller reported a woman pulled a gun on a man who was shoveling snow.

Officers said they discovered a male, who police did not identify, knocked on the door of a woman, 79, and her husband, 81, asking for payment since he had just shoveled their driveway without contacting them first.

The woman told the man to leave and shut her front door.

"He started banging on the door louder so they got nervous," Capt. Thomas Meehan said of the couple who live in the home.

It turns out fear wasn't all the couple had, though. The woman also has a license to carry a firearm.

"She feared he was going to break in so she opened the door again with the firearm at her side," Meehan said. "She never pointed it, but she said 'get off my property. I'm going to call the police.' "

"He decided to leave," Meehan said of the man.

Police found that man in the neighborhood, and after speaking to him and the residents of the home, officers sent the man and his shovel on his way.

Meehan said the woman did not violate any laws.

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