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Friday, June 14, 2024

Deputies: Man armed with shotgun threatens, attacks neighbor in Marion County

A physical altercation in a Marion County neighborhood led to the arrest of a 67-year-old man after he allegedly grabbed a shotgun and threatened to kill one of his neighbors.

On Monday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a local residence in reference to a physical disturbance between neighbors. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with a man, identified as William David Culpepper, who had been struck in the head by his neighbor, according to the arrest report.

William David Culpepper
William David Culpepper

The deputy noted in the report that Culpepper was “covered in blood,” and he had two lacerations on his head.

According to a statement from an eyewitness, Culpepper and the neighbor/victim had gotten into an argument over the victim’s horses. The eyewitness then entered a residence and spoke to the eyewitness, claiming that the victim had “pulled a knife and threatened to kill him.”

The eyewitness advised that they went outside and made contact with the victim, who was walking away from the altercation. According to the eyewitness, the victim did not have a knife, and the victim denied threatening Culpepper.

Moments later, the eyewitness stated that Culpepper exited the residence with a 12-gauge shotgun, and he allegedly stated that he was “going to kill the victim.” The eyewitness told the deputy that they quickly grabbed the shotgun’s barrel and pointed the firearm at the ground as Culpepper pulled the trigger, according to the report.

After the shotgun fired into the ground, the eyewitness stated that they grabbed the firearm from Culpepper. The report stated that as the eyewitness “cleared the shotgun,” Culpepper allegedly proceeded to strike the victim before tackling the victim to the ground.

During the physical altercation, the victim struck Culpepper twice in the head with a baton, and the eyewitness managed to drag Culpepper off the victim. The eyewitness advised that Culpepper was “drunk” and had been “drinking for a while,” according to the report.

The victim gave a similar statement, advising that Culpepper was “drunk” and “irate” when he punched the victim during an argument. After shoving Culpepper away, the victim advised that they were walking away from the property when Culpepper threatened to kill them with a shotgun. The report stated that the victim admitted to striking Culpepper with a baton while “trying to escape from (him).”

The deputy made contact with Culpepper. After being read his Miranda rights, Culpepper claimed that the victim struck him during a verbal altercation. He stated that he “jumped on the victim” before grabbing a shotgun to “kill the victim,” according to the report.

During the post-Miranda interview, Culpepper stated that if the eyewitness hadn’t grabbed the shotgun barrel, then he “would have killed (the victim).” The deputy noted that Culpepper also made statements that he “will kill the victim when he gets out.”

The report stated that Culpepper further admitted to having consumed more than a dozen shots of alcohol since 1 a.m., and he “changed his story multiple times” while speaking with law enforcement.

Culpepper was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail, where he is currently being held on a $7,000 bond. He is being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill (one count) and battery – touch or strike (two counts).

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.