Homeowner kills burglar by tying him to tree and covering mouth with duct tape

Tied to tree (illustration) 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) Police launched an investigation after a homeowner tied up and killed a burglar who broke into his house in middle of the night, according to police in Alabama.

Leroy police said that the incident unfolded on Friday night, after 31-year-old Cleveland Jones Gully broke into the home of 68-year-old Nathanial Johnson.

Johnson told police that he was sick and tired of people breaking into his home, and was determined to catch the suspects and have them arrested.

Around 11:30 p.m., Johnson heard someone trying to open the door of his mobile home. Gully then attempted to break the door in order to gain access to the home.

Johnson ran outside to confront Gully, but the burglar jumped or fell off the stairs of the home. Johnson jumped on Gully, and tied his hands behind his back.

He then put duct tape on Gully’s mouth, and tied him to a tree with electrical tape and wire. Johnson then called 911, but when officers arrived at the scene, Gully was already dead.

So far, no charges have been filed as police do not believe that Johnson intended to kill Gully.