Man shoots, kills alleged burglar

2013-07-08T12:15:00Z 2013-07-09T10:31:04Z Man shoots, kills alleged burglarStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 08, 2013 12:15 pm  • 

A man who allegedly broke into a home in LaPorte County on Monday morning was shot dead by the property owner.

Jason Rabe, 23, of Three Oaks, Mich., died at 9:15 a.m. of a gunshot wound to the upper left chest, according to LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan.

The death was ruled a homicide by the coroner's office.

Officers descended upon a log home about 9 a.m. in the 6700 block of East County Road 1000 North a few miles west of Hudson Lake, LaPorte County Sheriff Mike Mollenhauer said.

The name of the property owner was not immediately released.

The homeowner was taken to the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department for further questioning.

Due to the ongoing investigation, Mollenhauer gave few details. He did say that, after the alleged break-in, the homeowner encountered the intruder, who was fatally shot inside the single-story home.

He also said the chain of events as told by the homeowner seems to match the evidence collected at the crime scene on how the shooting took place.

"I don't anticipate there would by any charges whatsoever,"  Mollenhauer said.

The home where the shooting occurred sits about 100 feet off the edge of the road and is difficult to see from the road due to a dense woods and thick brush.

Mollenhauer said a heavy cover of trees and brush are what attracts burglars so they are not seen by passersby.

"This is what they look for, is places that can't be very visible from the road. As you can see this one is not visible from the road except for just a driveway," Mollenhauer said.

Mollenhauer would not say how the suspect entered the home. He said no one else was inside the home prior to the burglary except for the homeowner.

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