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Intruder killed by resident armed with shotgun at home in Miami, Oklahoma
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Intruder killed by resident armed with shotgun at home in Miami, Oklahoma

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MIAMI, Okla. — An Ottawa County man believed to be breaking into a private residence was fatally shot by the homeowner, Miami Police Chief Thomas Anderson said Friday.

Roger Nelums, 30, of Miami died around 1 a.m. Friday, according to Anderson. He had been released from the Ottawa County jail on Tuesday on charges of knowingly receiving or concealing stolen property and false declaration of ownership in pawn, according to online court records.

A burglary in progress was reported in the 900 block of B Street Northwest in Miami around 12:16 a.m. The resident told police he shot the person who broke into his house, according to Anderson’s statement.

The caller told police he was in his living room when the man began banging on the back door. He said he armed himself with a shotgun after he heard someone climb through the window of a back bedroom, according to the statement.

He told police he fired once at the man, later identified as Nelums, after the intruder approached the resident, according to Anderson.

Nelums was taken to Miami Integris Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

Online court records show that 12 warrants had been issued for Nelums in Ottawa County in cases alleging child abuse, violating a protective order, domestic assault and battery, burglary of an automobile, larceny, drug violations, concealing stolen property and threatening acts of violence.

Anderson said no charges are being sought against the resident.


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