Fuller fends off invaders

Published: Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 11:00 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE - Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of an intruder who entered his home early Wednesday in an apparent robbery attempt that ended in gunfire.
Fuller, 32, and a house guest went outside to get something from a car when they were confronted by the gunman at about 2:30 a.m.
The man chased Fuller back into the house and then fled after about 20 shots were exchanged, police said. No one was injured.
"Like the coaches always tell us, nothing good happens at 2 o'clock," Fuller said. "I'm living witness to that."
Fuller and his family are no strangers to tragedy. The athlete's younger brother, Fred Bates, was shot to death at age 18 in 1992.
"I've already lost one son," said Fuller's mother, Alice Bates. "I don't want to lose another one." Fuller said the gunman had at least one accomplice inside a waiting getaway car. He said he returned fire with his own .38-caliber revolver, which was inside the home.
"All I want to do is get them off the streets before they hurt somebody," Fuller said.
Fuller, who lives in a modest home about one mile south of the Florida State stadium where he once starred for the Seminoles, started 10 games for the Ravens this season.
He has also played for Cleveland and Minnesota during nine NFL seasons.
The incident was similar a 2002 shooting in an Orlando suburb where Thomas Chenault III was charged with murder in the slaying of Carrick Reid, a 20-year-old acquaintance of Minnesota Timberwolves guard Troy Hudson at the player's home. State prosecutors eventually dropped the charge.

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