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Gore Reserve Officer Arrested For Setting Home On Fire With His Family Inside

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Mug shot of Charles Shamblin. Mug shot of Charles Shamblin.
MUSKOGEE COUNTY, Oklahoma -

Authorities arrested a Webbers Falls man for intentionally setting fire to his house while his family was inside.

The man is identified as Charles Shamblin, 45.

According to an affidavit, Shamblin caused a domestic disturbance on Sunday by bringing a can of gas into his house and telling his wife and stepdaughter that "he was going to burn the house down."

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

Webbers Falls Police Chief Aaron Gage stated in the affidavit that Shamblin had already set one fire inside the home when he made the threat.

Cherokee Nation Marshals arrested Shamblin Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Sequoyah County. Shamblin was booked into the Muskogee County jail on a first-degree arson charge.

Gore Town Administrator Horace Lindey confirmed 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.

The Muskogee County District Attorney's Office said today it will be filing a motion for a competency evaluation of Shamblin.

Court records show Shamblin's wife and stepdaughter have filed for protective orders.

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