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INTRUDER SHOT: Home Owner Shoots Man Busting In

Des Moines police say a man was within his rights for shooting a man who broke into his home.

The incident happened on the 1200 block of 39th street on the city’s north side around midnight Saturday.

According to the police report, Charlie Bell, a black male from Des Moines pounded on the front and back doors at the home of 58-year-old, Randy Cornell.

Police say Bell eventually busted his way in, charged towards Cornell, and grabbed him.

At that time, Cornell thinking he was being robbed fired two shots, one hitting bell in the stomach.

Bell is being treated at a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say they don’t believe charges will be filed against the shooter, but charges against the intruder are likely.

“You’re allowed to defend yourself in your own home. You’re allowed to defend yourself wherever you are. Mr. Cornell was in his home, the suspect breaks in, charges toward him. Yes. You’re allowed to do that. You’re allowed to defend yourself,” said Sgt. Jason Halifax of the Des Moines Police Department.

Several neighbors also called the police saying the suspect knocked on their door, however, this was the only break in.

It’s not clear why Bell was knocking on doors in this neighborhood.



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