Man accused of robbing home, shooting man

Man accused of robbing home, shooting man
Michael Stotts (Source: McCracken County Jail)
Michael Stotts (Source: McCracken County Jail)

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - A man accused of robbing and shooting the owner of a home Sunday night was arrested Monday morning.

Justin Sterling, the owner of the home, was in a bedroom when he heard a banging at the front door, according to the Paducah Police Department.

Sterling said that he went to see who was at the door and he saw Michael Stotts, 36, of Paducah, standing in the living room with a shotgun. Stotts demanded money and they began to struggle over the gun, according to police.

Police said that Stotts fired the gun once and shot Sterling in the foot.

Stotts then went upstairs and demanded money from Sterling's girlfriend, Danielle Peterson. Police said that Peterson gave Stotts all the money she had, and then she and Sterling ran from the home with their child.

Police arrived when Sterling and Peterson were running from the home.

Police surrounded the home and requested the department's crisis negotiators and the SWAT team. The negotiators attempted to contact Stotts by telephone, but Stotts did not answer.

Police got a search warrant for the home and arrest warrants for Stotts, and the SWAT team entered the home. No one was inside.

The search continued and Stotts was found Monday morning walking near 14th Street and H.C. Mathis Drive. He was arrested on charges of two counts of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and felon in possession of a firearm.

Police said that Stotts admitted to the robbery and shooting in an interview and told detectives where he got rid of the gun. Police found the gun next to a church off N. 10th Street.

Stotts was taken to McCracken County Regional Jail while the investigation continued.

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