MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 4, 2013

Gore officer held in arson case

Wife says reserve officer threatened to pour gas on her

By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer

— A Gore reserve police officer was ordered held without bond Wednesday after being arrested and charged with first-degree arson.

Charles “Mark” Shamblin, 45, was arrested late Tuesday night in Sequoyah County by members of the Cherokee Nation Marshals Service, said Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore.

Shamblin is accused of setting fire inside his home in Webbers Falls on Sunday while it was occupied by his wife and stepdaughter.

Assistant Muskogee County District Attorney Jason Perez requested Shamblin be held without bond, saying the Gore reserve police officer had “access to firearms.”

The affidavit filed in the case is a statement by Webbers Falls Police Chief Aaron Gage. The statement says that Shamblin caused a domestic disturbance by bringing a gas can into the house and threatening to burn it down.

“He had already set one fire in the house, and Elizabeth (Shamblin, his wife) and Rebecca (Scott, Shamblin’s stepdaughter) were in the house at the time,” it states.

Gage’s statement was given to the district attorney’s office Tuesday — the same day Shamblin was charged with first-degree arson and the same day his wife and stepdaughter filed protective orders against him.

It’s not clear why Shamblin was not arrested Sunday — his wife’s statement says police were at the residence in the 100 block of West Oak Street as Shamblin was allegedly threatening to burn the house down. Her statement also says that Shamblin threatened to pour gas on her during the argument.

When reached by phone Wednesday, Gage declined comment, saying he would not talk about the case “at all.”

Moore said it was his understanding that Shamblin had been placed in custody Sunday, but was released.

Gore Town Administrator Horace Lindley said any disciplinary action toward Shamblin would be after the court proceedings are final.

Special District Judge Robin Adair ordered Shamblin to be appointed an attorney, as well as receive a competency evaluation. Shamblin will return to court at 9 a.m. April 17 for a sounding docket to determine a date for his preliminary hearing.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.