SUNBURY - A decision to formally grant a protection from abuse (PFA) order on behalf of the grandmother of Erick R. Trometter was delayed this morning because Trometter remains in a coma.

A judge’s temporary PFA, issued following Trometter’s alleged assault of Amanda Trometter, 67, on July 8, will remain in effect. A new hearing was scheduled for July 30.

The temporary PFA was served by Montour County Sheriff’s Department personnel at Trometter’s hospital room at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. But because he was in a coma at the time, it can’t be known whether he knows the order exists or if he understands it, said Marsha Skoff, who presided at this morning’s five-minute hearing in Northumberland County Court.

Trometter, 22, of 618 Susquehanna Ave., Sunbury, was critically injured a few hours after the alleged assault when he was shot by Brad Hare, Sunbury’s acting chief of police. He was charged the next day with felony aggravated assault, misdemeanor simple assault and summary harassment.

Police said Trometter had a knife when Hare saw him walking along Mile Post Road near Shikellamy Avenue just outside the city. There was a warrant for his arrest related to the alleged assault of Amanda Trometter, and Hare attempted to take him into custody.

Listed at 6 feet, 290 pounds, police said Erick Trometter resisted and continued to struggle with the Hare after being shot with a Taser. Hare then fired his gun.

The temporary PFA was approved less than an hour later. It bars Erick Trometter from any contact with his grandmother for up to three years and evicts him from their home.

Erick Trometter has a history of abuse involving his grandmother, who was present at this morning’s hearing.