Fuller, intruder exchange shots in Florida

Ravens notebook

No one injured in incident at house in Tallahassee

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January 22, 2004|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller exchanged gunfire with an intruder outside his Tallahassee, Fla., home early yesterday, a spokeswoman for the Leon County Sheriff's Department said.

The gunman came out of some woods and confronted Fuller and a house guest, who had gone outside to a car at 2:20 a.m., Lt. Linda Butler said.

Fuller fled back into the house, locked the door and retrieved a .38-caliber revolver from his safe.

The assailant, who was dressed all in black and was wearing a mask, then broke into the house, where there were five or six people, according to police documents.

One of the occupants of the house pulled out a gun and shot at the intruder in the kitchen. Fuller then chased the intruder out of the house and exchanged about 20 shots with him before he jumped into a waiting car.

No one was injured in the incident.

Fuller, whose younger brother, Fred Bates, was shot to death at the age of 18 in 1992, offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

"I've already lost one son," said Fuller's mother, Alice Bates. "I don't want to lose another one."

Police investigators reported that they believe robbery was the motive for the attack.

New linebackers coach

The Ravens hired Jeff FitzGerald as outside linebackers coach and reassigned Phil Zacharias as a defensive assistant.

FitzGerald had coached linebackers with the Arizona Cardinals for the past three seasons. Before that, he worked two seasons with the Washington Redskins under defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who is in the same position with the Ravens.

"He will bring another set of assets to the defensive side of the ball and a familiarity with what we do," coach Brian Billick said. "He's a high-energy guy and a good addition for us."

The team will add a coach to its offensive staff over the next month.

Byner headed to D.C.?

Earnest Byner, who has been with the Ravens for all eight seasons of their existence, likely will join the Washington Redskins as a running backs coach.

Byner played for the Ravens in 1996 and 1997 before joining the front office as the director of player development.

He was seen at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., wearing the Redskins' burgundy-and-gold attire.

Ravens officials said they have not received word from Byner, but expected him to join coach Joe Gibbs' staff.

Byner was the first member of the Ravens' Ring of Honor.

End zone

The Ravens have granted permission for offensive line coach Jim Colletto to talk with the Chicago Bears about their offensive coordinator position, Billick said. It is believed Colletto has a good shot at landing his first NFL coordinator position. ... The preliminary hearing for Terrell Suggs, who was charged with felony aggravated assault last month, was postponed to Feb. 12, a spokesman for the Maricopa County (Ariz.) Superior Court said. Suggs is accused of assaulting a man with a reinforcement rod and attacking another man in the parking lot of Phoenix Municipal Stadium after a three-on-three basketball tournament in March. According to the spokesman, Suggs' lawyer asked for a continuance, prompting the postponement.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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