Homeowner Says He Pulled the Trigger on Burglar


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – One person is dead after what started as a night in with friends that escalated quickly. Police said 42-year-old Charlie Ingram was shot last night after 9 p.m. He was taken to Mercy Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Three people inside the home said Ingram broke in. Mark Glidewell said he and two of his friends were sitting at his house watching television when Charlie Ingram showed up. Glidewell said it isn’t the first time he’s done this because of Ingram’s ex-girlfriend being at Glidewell’s house.

“I had to run him off the property then. He knew not to come back. He’d been warned,” said Glidewell.

Glidwell said this time was different, though. He said he could see Ingram’s rage progressing. He said at first he heard Ingram drive up. Then he heard him banging on the front door.

“When the rage was really getting bad and I could tell how hard he was hitting things I decided I better get my gun out. I mean I let him go at it for awhile,” Glidewell said.

The he said Ingram broke out a back window and crawled through it.

“Glass flew. A chair flew across the room that was up against the window. Next thing I knew he was standing in my dining room,” said Glidewell.

Glidewell said he didn’t know what else to do because he and his friends were scared for their lives.

“He saw me standing here and just the look that he gave me. he started straight on towards me. That’s when I raised the gun up,” Glidewell said.

911 had already been dispatched for a burglary in progress.

“The original 911 call when he called in basically we believed that the victim was trying to get into the house. Then later told us that he had been shot,” said Lt. Culley Wilson, Springfield Police Department.

Wilson said the investigation is ongoing but police have a good idea of what happened.

“We’ve talked to all of the witnesses and the suspect,” Wilson said.

Wilson said they’ve been cooperative. For now the case is being treated as a homicide and Glidewell is a suspect.

“I don’t like what I had to do but he could have killed all of us. I’m a firm believer that he had bodily intent on all of us,” said Glidewell.

Under the Castle Doctrine Missourians have the right to protect themselves, house and family if someone breaks in.

“Is that the case here? I’m not going to say that’s definitely the case here because we’re so early into the investigation at this point,” said Wilson.

Police said they are investigating this case like any other homicide and are asking if anybody has any more information about what happened or happened prior to the shooting to contact Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810.

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