A 63-year-old Springfield man, Mark Glidewell, was watching TV Tuesday night with a female friend when the woman’s ex-boyfriend came to the house and demanded to be let in. This wasn’t the first altercation with this man. Ten days before this incident, the man came to Glidewell’s house but the homeowner was able to get him to leave using only words. Tuesday night was a different story, however. This time, the 42-year-old aggressor, Charlie M. Ingram, refused to leave.
Glidewell said Ingram would not remove himself from the property and banged on the glass front door repeatedly until it shattered. Glidewell feared for his life, and the life of the other two people in the home at the time as Ingram was getting more agitated. Ingram went around to the back of the house, broke a kitchen window and climbed through. Glidewell said, “when Ingram saw the 7-millimeter deer rifle pointed at him, his eyes got big.”
Mark Glidewell said he never thought he would have to shoot somebody, but he believes he made the right decision to pull the trigger.
“I don’t see how he could think we would not protect ourselves,” he said. Glidewell pulled the trigger and a bullet ripped through a post in the kitchen, struck Ingram, and knocked him back through the window.
Shooting Ingram was “terrible,” Glidewell said. He added that it was something he’ll have to live with forever but that it’s important for everybody to have a gun in the home for protection. Ingram, of Springfield, died at a hospital, according to a news release from Springfield police.