Two intruders shot by homeowner

2013-01-14T17:43:00Z 2013-01-14T21:20:04Z Two intruders shot by homeownerStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 14, 2013 5:43 pm  • 

LAPORTE COUNTY | Two alleged home invaders shot Friday by a home owner near Michigan City remained hospitalized Monday.

Prosecutors were also still awaiting the findings of a police investigation before moving forward on possible charges.

LaPorte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi said he anticipated charges to be filed against the alleged intruders, but not the homeowner who seemed to be acting in self defense.

“That's what we have preliminarily. Again, we still have to wait for the investigation to be complete,” said Szilagyi.

Szilagyi did not release the names of anyone involved in the incident due to charges still pending.

He did reveal the homeowner is a retired Chicago police officer.

Friday night, police responded to a home in the 100 block of Pontiac Drive in Pottawattomie Park, a small upscale town outside the eastern fringe of Michigan City.

Szilagyi said the homeowner returned to find a back window broken and told a woman he was with to call 911.

He then went inside and at one point encountered the intruders whom he ordered to the floor.

However, the two men came at the home owner, who took action with a gun, said Szilagyi.

“At that point I think that's when the shots were fired,” said Szilagyi.

Szilagyi said both men were taken to a hospital in South Bend where they were admitted into the intensive care unit.

He expects both of them to recover.

Szilagyi said the investigation indicates the suspects were piling up belongings in the home to take when the owner thwarted their efforts.

He said how many times the intruders were shot remained unclear and Szilagyi did not know if the intruders were armed.

“That's all I know at this point. We're waiting for the police to give us the final report then we'll go from there,” said Szilagyi.

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