POTTAWATTOMIE PARK | Two men seriously wounded when shot by a retired police officer inside his home during an apparent burglary have been charged.
Marshaun Wright, 24, and Ladell Hemsworth, 23, are charged in LaPorte Superior Court 1 with Class B felony burglary.
Wright has a bullet lodged in his lung but no attempt will be made right now to remove it, authorities said.
Hemsworth underwent surgery Monday to remove a bullet from an undisclosed area of his body, police reported.
According to findings of an investigation on file with the court, Edward Flynn, 67, and his girlfriend returned to his home Friday in the 100 block of Pontiac Drive to discover broken glass in the dining room.
He resides in Pottawattomie Park, a small town on the outskirts of Michigan City.
Flynn, a retired Chicago police officer, told police he pulled out his revolver and, during a search of the home, encountered the intruders.
Flynn said he pointed the gun at the men who began coming toward him.
According to court documents, Flynn told officers he repeatedly ordered the men to stop but they kept advancing toward him and -- fearing for his safety -- he fired three to four shots.
Wright ran into a bathroom and, when he was found by Flynn, Wright holding his stomach.
He got up off the floor and ran out of the house.
Wright was located at a residence in the 300 block of Hobart Street in Michigan City, hiding in a closet and bleeding heavily from multiple gunshot wounds, investigators reported.
Hemsworth was found by Flynn in a bedroom lying on his side. Following a struggle, Flynn held him until police arrived, court documents revealed.
In his findings submitted to the court, Pottawattomie Park Deputy Marshal Tim Richardson said electronic items and other belongings were being stacked on a bed when the homeowner returned.
LaPorte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi said he did not anticipate charges against Flynn. He said evidence points to him acting out of fear for his safety.
Flynn told police as the men were coming toward him one of the intruders kept his hand in his pocket making him fear that he possibly had a gun.
“A person has a right to protect themselves and his property or somebody else if they feel they are in danger,” Szilagyi said.