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An unfortunate object lesson can be taken in the case of Charles Virgil Bowne, an alleged home invader in Wetumpka, Alabama, who died after clinging to life for several days.


Bowne took bullets in the head, shoulder, arm and leg during an alleged home invasion.

“I got a young couple in their 20s; daddy, momma and a young child at home when daddy hears a commotion in the front of the house,” Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin said, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

“He arms himself with a 9 mm handgun and goes to investigate. He sees Mr. Bowne standing in the living room and Mr. Bowne tells him ‘Give me you [stuff].’ Mr. Bowne then makes a move like he’s going into his front pocket and the homeowner fires several times.”

The incident happened at 4:45 a.m. on Monday. Bowne, 39, was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Montgomery with life-threatening injuries. After holding on to life for several days, Bowne died on Wednesday, the Advertiser reported.

He was also the suspect in another home invasion that happened at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.

“This neighbor said he woke up to find Mr. Bowne standing over his bed,” Franklin said.

“Mr. Bowne was lucky he wasn’t shot Sunday morning.”

When he was shot on Monday, police said they found plenty of evidence this was a home invasion and not some sort of misunderstanding. (Although finding someone in your home, unannounced, at quarter-to-five in the morning generally isn’t the product of a misunderstanding.)

“There was evidence of forced entry into the home,” Franklin said. “We searched Mr. Bowne and didn’t find a weapon, but we did find a crack pipe tucked into his sock.”

Franklin told WSFA-TV in Montgomery that Bowne appeared to be under the influence, although it was unclear what substance he was using at the time.

Bowne had recently been released from an Indiana prison on charges of theft.

The sheriff said the homeowner recognized him as having lived in the area.

“We certainly won’t be pursuing any charges against the man,” Franklin said.

“This man was defending his home and his family. We still operate from the premise in Elmore County that a man’s home is his castle. The grand jury will review the case, but we don’t expect charges to be coming.”


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