Burglar Shot During Break-In Faces Charges, Wanted in Tennessee

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WILMINGTON, DE — In an early morning drama that shook the quiet of East 6th Street, Wilmington Police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting incident that occurred during an alleged burglary.

The incident happened on Monday around 3:07 a.m. when police were dispatched to a house in response to reports of gunfire. Upon arrival, officers found a 27-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was swiftly transported to the hospital and is reported to be in stable condition.

Assigned to the case was Detective Justin Wilkers of the Criminal Investigations Division. His investigation led him to conclude that the gunshot victim was also the alleged perpetrator of a burglary at the same residence. The resident of the home reportedly shot the burglar in self-defense.

The alleged burglar, identified as Ismael Jules-Abotchi, now faces charges of first-degree burglary and criminal mischief under $1,000. He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 20 and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on an $11,000 cash-only bail. Additionally, it was discovered that Jules-Abotchi was also wanted on separate charges in Tennessee.

After a thorough investigation and consultation with the Delaware Department of Justice, it was determined that the resident who shot Jules-Abotchi will not face charges. The decision was made on the basis that Jules-Abotchi was actively breaking into the home when he was shot.

As legal proceedings continue, it’s vital to remember that being charged is not equivalent to being guilty. Every defendant, including Jules-Abotchi, is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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