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wooded cabinLAPORTE COUNTY, IN – A man died inside the home he broke into after the homeowner shot him once in the chest.

At around 9:15 a.m. Monday, the sheriff’s department received a phone call from a homeowner who informed them he had just shot a man who had broke into his home. When police arrived at the home they found the “extremely upset” homeowner and the suspect, 23-year-old Jason Rabe, dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The homeowner told police that he was sleeping when he was awoke by the sound of breaking glass. After arming himself with a pistol he went to investigate and encountered Rabe, who was armed with a hatchet. The two exchanged words and got into a a physical altercation that ended when the homeowner shot Rabe and the bullet ruptured Rabe’s heart.

Police say the suspect arrived at the home on a moped with the intent of breaking into it and had entered the home after breaking a rear window. The homeowner says he does not know Rabe, who police believe chose the home because it is hidden by woods.

La Porte County Sheriff Mike Mollenhauer said they investigated the shooting all day Monday to make sure this was a case of self-defense.

“We are still in the investigation to make sure that what he’s telling us substantiates all the fact here at the scene,” he said. “I’m 100 percent certain the homeowner will not be charged with a crime,” he added.

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