Indiana Resident Shoots and Kills Hatchet Wielding, Moped Riding, Home Invader

July 8 2013
by GSL Staff
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Incident at a Glance
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# of Suspects: Shots Fired: Unknown
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Source: wsbt.com Archive: WebCite.org

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Here is the full press release from the Sheriff’s Office,

On Monday, July 8, 2013 at approximately 9:15 CST, the La Porte County Regional 911 Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a homeowner who reported that his home had just been burglarized and he had shot the intruder. Deputies from the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office were immediately dispatched to the residence, which is located in the 6700 East block of County Road 1000 North.

Upon arrival deputies located the suspect in the home, deceased from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Investigators have learned that the homeowner was in his home sleeping when he was awakened to the sound of breaking glass. He armed himself with a pistol and began to investigate the noise and found a single intruder in his home. The suspect was armed with a hatchet and after a physical confrontation, the suspect was shot by the homeowner. The homeowner then immediately called 911. The homeowner was checked by La Porte County Emergency Medical Service personnel but he declined further treatment.

Investigators have determined that the suspect entered the home via a rear window that he had shattered. It is believed that he arrived at the home of the victim by moped and the victim did not know the suspect. It is believed that the suspect resides in Three Oaks Township, Michigan and he has yet to be identified pending notification of next of kin.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office remain on scene and continue to investigate this incident.

The public is encouraged to contact lead investigator Detective Andy Hynek at (219) 326-7700 ext. 2401 should they have additional information about this or similar offenses.

As far as we can tell this is the first incident we’ve published involving a moped riding, hatchet carrying suspect.

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