MICHIGAN CITY — Two men shot by a homeowner after they allegedly broke into his home near Michigan City remained hospitalized Monday.
Prosecutors were 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 claimed to be acting in self-defense after he surprised the intruders.
“That's what we have preliminarily. Again, we still have to wait for the investigation to be complete,” Szilagyi said.
Szilagyi did not release the names of anyone involved in the incident because charges are still pending. He did reveal the homeowner is a retired Chicago police officer.
The incident occurred Friday night at a home in the 100 block of Pontiac Drive in Pottawattomie Park, a small upscale community 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 who he ordered to the floor.
However, the two male suspects came at the property owner, who took action with a gun, said Szilagyi. “At that point I think that's when the shots were fired,” Szilagyi said.
One of the wounded men fled but soon was located hiding in a closet in a home in the 300 block of Hobart Street in Michigan City.
Szilagyi said both men were taken to a hospital in South Bend where they 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 homeowner thwarted their efforts.
He said how many times the intruders were shot remained unclear. 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,” Szilagyi said.