Next-Door-Neighbor Accused in Melbourne Double Shooting


MELBOURNE, Florida — The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 44-year-old Richard Frank Coulombe, of 1950 Windy Oak Circle, Melbourne, Florida, charging him with two counts of Attempted First Degree Felony Murder, First Degree Home Invasion, Armed Burglary and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon related to the May 13, 2012, shooting in Melbourne, Florida. 

The shooting critically injured 46-year-old Herbert Gravell and 51-year-old James McEachern at their residence in Melbourne, Florida.
Coulombe is currently being held at the Brevard County Detention Center on a No Bond status.

The law enforcement investigation determined that Coulombe, who is the next door neighbor of the victims, entered the residence at 1960 Windy Oaks Circle, Melbourne, in an attempt to steal property from the residence. 

Upon entering the residence, Coulombe allegedly  shot Gravell in the head and then turned the firearm on Herbert, striking him multiple times.  After the shooting, officials say Coulombe exited the area in his vehicle. 
The investigation further determined that several days after the shooting, Coulombe illegally entered the victims’ residence and removed property from the residence that he later sold. This property was recovered by the Sheriff’s Office and Coulombe was arrested for Burglary and Theft in reference to that incident on May 23, 2012.

Coulombe has been confined to the Jail since that arrest and was formally charged with the
shooting this morning.

Both victims survived the shooting and are still hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

Anyone with information about the investigation is urged to call the Brevard County Sheriff’s
Office Homicide Unit at 321-633-8413 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to
CRIMELINE are confidential, and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest.