By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer
A Muskogee man shot during an alleged home invasion will be jailed when he is released from the hospital, a police spokesman said.
Muskogee police say R’Mont’e Nelson, 18, was attempting to kick in the door of a home in the 600 block of Kankakee Street on Saturday when the homeowner fired one shot through the front door.
Cpl. Pedro Zardeneta said officers arrived to the location of the shooting and eventually found Nelson nearby, staggering and clutching his stomach.
Nelson was hospitalized with a gun-shot to the abdomen, Zardeneta said, though he’s not facing life-threatening injuries.
“The crime scene indicated a crime was being committed,” Lt. Bobby Lee said. “And during the course of the investigation, (Nelson) let us know his intentions, which led us to believe he was going to rob or burglarize the house.”
Nelson had not been booked into the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility as of Monday evening. The Muskogee County District Courthouse was closed Monday for the Veterans Day holiday, so the district attorney’s office was unable to comment on any charges Nelson might face.
Police described the homeowner as a 77-year-old war veteran, but declined to release his name for “safety reasons.”
“It’s a good thing he wasn’t hurt,” Zardeneta said. “You know, it’s a shame what happened, but people have a right to protect themselves and their homes.”
Police don’t believe the homeowner “did anything criminal,” but the full report will be turned over to the DA’s office.
“Ultimately it’s his decision,” Zardeneta said.
Lee said the shooting is the result of citizen frustration.
“People are tired of people trying to take their stuff, their belongings,” Lee said. “People are fed up. They don’t want to work hard and then see someone break the law and take their things.”
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