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Indiana Homeowner Kills 2 Home Invaders, Holds More At Gunpoint Til Cops Arrive

Auburn, IN – An armed Indiana homeowner stopped a home invasion early on Sunday morning when he fatally shot two of the four suspects who had broken into his home.

The preliminary investigation determined the incident began at about 6 a.m. on May 15 when four suspects armed with a gun broke into a home located in the 1600-block of State Road 8 in DeKalb County, WBIW reported.

Police said the robbers confronted the homeowner inside the home.

At least one of the suspects was armed with a gun, the Associated Press reported.

The homeowner pulled out his own weapon and opened fire on the home invaders, WBIW reported.

DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies and Auburn police officers were the first to arrive on the scene.

When they went into the home, officers found two of the suspects dead on the floor and two more suspects being held at gunpoint by the homeowner, the Associated Press reported.

Police arrested 42-year-old Tabitha Johnson and 42-year-old Shaun Kruse at the scene and booked them into the DeKalb County jail, WBIW reported.

They have both been charged with burglary and murder.

Indiana law says a person can be charged with murder if a death occurs during the commission of a felony crime, the Associated Press reported.

Authorities have identified the two dead home invaders as 36-year-old Rameica Moore and 22-year-old Dylan Morefield.

Their bodies were sent to the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center for autopsies, WBIW reported.

Police said the homeowner has not been charged for shooting the two of the suspects that had broken into his home, the Associated Press reported.

Indiana State Police detectives are heading up the investigation into the home invasion and the shootings, WBIW reported.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, the Auburn police, the Garrett police, the DeKalb County Coroner’s Office, and the DeKalb County Prosecutor’s Officer are assisting with the investigation.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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