Hampton man shot while escaping violent home invasion later arrested for drug possession

Posted at 2:56 PM, Aug 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-10 19:44:51-04

Hampton, Va. - A 33-year-old Hampton man shot in the back while fleeing from a violent home invasion is now facing drug charges for what police discovered at his residence.

In the early morning hours of August 5th, Hampton Police were called to a residence in the 1300 block of Old Buckroe Road.

When officers arrived on scene, they met 33-year-old Jermaine Nicholson who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the lower back. Nicholson was transported to Riverside Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Officers spoke to Nicholson at the hospital where he told them he had been asleep in his home on Sargeant Street when he was woken up by loud noises. He says when he got up to investigate, he was confronted by an unknown man armed with a small handgun who reportedly said, "Where's it at? Give me everything you've got! You ain't gonna see your daughter tomorrow!" Nicholson also says he could hear several other people elsewhere in the house.

The man Nicholson confronted then hit him in the back of the head twice with the handgun.

Jermaine Antwan Nicholson

Jermaine Antwan Nicholson

Nicholson then ran to the bedroom window, broke it, and jumped out. While he was running away, the suspect shot at him twice, hitting him once in the lower back.

When police later searched the home for evidence, they found several cartridge casings and swabs of blood, but they also found a knife with cocaine residue and a baggie of suspected cocaine.

Because of these findings, Nicholson was arrested and charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Hampton Police say they believe the home invasion appears to be drug-related. No arrests have been made yet.