Gore Officer Arrested for Setting Family’s Home on Fire

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A Gore, Okla., police officer is facing charges after he allegedly set fire to his house while his family was inside.

Charles Shamblin, 45, was arrested Tuesday by Cherokee Nation Marshals in Sequoyah County, according to a report from Tulsa affiliate KOTV.

Shamblin was booked into the Muskogee County jail on a first-degree arson charge, the report states.

According to an affidavit, Charles Shamblin, 45, took a gas can into his Webbers Falls home Sunday (March 31) and told his wife and stepdaughter that “he was going to burn the house down.”

Shamblin then took a cigarette lighter and set fire to a shirt and a pillowcase on the bed, the affidavit says.

Gore Town Administrator Horace Lindey confirmed to KOTV that Shamblin was a reserve police officer for the community and was suspended pending an investigation.

Shamblin has a court appearance set for April 17 in Muskogee County.

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