Home Invader Gets Shot by Homeowner and Then Sentenced to Life in Prison

June 26 2015
by GSL Staff
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Source: floridatoday.com Archive: WebCite.org


Melbourne, FL — A man who organized a violent home invasion has been sentenced to life in prison. To add to his poetic justice, the reason he was caught is because he was shot by the homeowner during the act.

According to local media reports:

A jury convicted Bobby Lee Culler last week on charges of armed burglary of a dwelling with a firearm and aggravated assault in connection with the July 10, 2013 home invasion of a residence on Pepper Avenue. Police believe the robbers may have thought there were drugs or money in the home.

“He’s been on our radar a lot,” said Cmdr. Dan Lynch, spokesman for the Melbourne Police Department.

“(Culler) was pretty dangerous. He and the others planned this home invasion with military-style tactics,” Lynch said.

Police said Culler and three other men donned masks, armed themselves with weapons and dressed in all black before creeping up to the home for an entry point.

Fortunately, the homeowner’s dogs alerted him to the situation and he was able to grab his own firearm just as the suspect’s were pointing a gun at his wife. The homeowner opened fire and struck Culler who fled along with his accomplices. Culler was arrested later when he sought treatment at a local area hospital for gunshot wounds.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was killed. Despite this being one of the most common types of defensive gun uses, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

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