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Hammond man dies after shooting in East Chicago

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EAST CHICAGO | A 34-year-old Hammond man was shot and killed in East Chicago on Saturday afternoon in a case police believe was an act of self-defense.

Isaac R. Thomas, of the 7200 block of Arkansas Avenue, was pronounced dead at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago at 12:48 p.m. Saturday, Lake County coroner's office investigators said.

The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound suffered in a homicide in the 4000 block of Grand Boulevard in East Chicago.

East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker the shooting appeared to be in retaliation for a domestic disturbance Friday in Hammond. A woman was assaulted in the Hammond case, he said.

Becker said both Thomas and the person who allegedly shot and killed him had guns during Saturday's altercation.

East Chicago detectives interviewed the person who allegedly shot Thomas and took the gun used in the incident into custody. The alleged shooter cooperated fully with investigators, he said.

Becker said charges will be presented to the Lake County prosecutor's office for review, but the case could be ruled a justifiable homicide committed in self-defense.

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