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UPDATE: Suspected home intruder shot by man living in home


The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office says a man got a wake up call he wasn't expecting this morning.

A man broke into his home wielding a hatchet. Police say there was a fight and the intruder wound up dead. This break-in is concerning for people in the small town.

"Usually nothing like that happens around here, it's pretty quiet," said Frank Green, a New Carlisle resident.

People in New Carlisle are still wrapping their heads around a home invasion that happened around 9:15am CT Monday.  The LaPorte County Sheriff's office says Jason Rabe, from Three Oaks Township, MI, broke into a house off of the 6000-block of E. 1000 North.

Neighbors say they can't believe someone would target a home in the wooded area, but the Sheriff says criminals sometimes look for that type of house.

"You can just barely see the home with all the trees surrounding it," said Sheriff Michael Mollenhauer, LaPorte Co. Sheriff's Office. "It makes it good for somebody that's looking to do harm or possibly break into a residence."

Investigators say the man woke up and grabbed his gun when he heard someone breaking in. We're told Rabe arrived on a moped, shattered a back window and came into the home with a hatchet.  Deputies say there was a confrontation that ended when the man who lives here opened fire on Rabe.

Neighbors say that when they spoke to the man who lived in the home, he was very upset about what happened. They say he couldn't believe someone he didn't know broke into his house and that he had killed Rabe

Several people in the small community say they would have done the same thing.

"If someone is in our house you have the second amendment right for a reason, to use it. Might as well," said Michael Clizbe, a New Carlisle resident.

Deputies say the man told them he didn't know Rabe, which is a scary thought for people who live nearby.

"It definitely worries me," said Steven O'Donnell, a New Carlisle resident. "Definitely going to lock my doors every night."

The Sheriff's Office says the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to call lead investigator Detective Andy Hynek at (219) 326-7700 ext. 2401.

According to deputies the man living in home the was checked by emergency responders, but he didn't have to go to the hospital.

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