Marine Was Arrested and Faces Life in Prison After He Shot at Armed Home Invader

January 18, 2018 Updated: January 20, 2018

A Marine has been arrested and faces possible life in prison after he shot at an armed man who was trying to break into his home.

Now the Marine’s father is speaking out.

Joey Nelson, who lives in Westland, in the Detroit-area, was with his fiancee, their 3-week-old son, and a couple of friends when they heard banging on his front door.

They then heard sounds indicating the person who was violently banging on the door was trying to force their way inside the residence, Steve Nelson told Fox2.

“My son was where he was supposed to be—inside his home with his legally owned firearm,” Steve Nelson said.

The younger Nelson grabbed his firearm but first opened the door yelled for the intruder, later named as 39-year-old Michael Wilson of Detroit, to get off his property.

That’s when Wilson produced a gun and started shooting, Steve Nelson said. His son, who was shot in the hip, called 911, the family says.

Joey Nelson fired back at Wilson, who fled when the police officers arrived.

“This gentleman was not here for coffee,” Steve responded after Fox 2 noted the numerous bullets holes in the home.

Wilson was later arrested—but so was Nelson.

Nelson has been charged with assault with intent to commit murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and felony firearm possession, reported the Detroit News. If convicted, Nelson could go to prison for life.

The intruder was only charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a felony that has a maximum punishment of five years in prison.

While Steve says it was a botched home invasion, police said after interviewing witnesses that the exchange of bullets started because of a fight over a woman.

“I don’t know (who he is); my son doesn’t know him; the owner of the home doesn’t know him,” says Steve.

“He should be hailed a hero for defending his family,” the father told Fox.

“This man out here in the front yard fired multiple shots into a house with multiple people inside and a 3-week-old baby,” Steve said. “And he’s (only) charged with concealing a weapon illegally?”

In a GoFundMe a family member started for Joey, a previous article on the self-defense law in Michigan, which stated that gun owners are treated differently depending on whether they fired at an intruder inside the home versus outside the home, was noted.

So far, over $11,000 has been raised towards the $20,000 goal.



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