LaPorte Man Acted in Self Defense When He Shot Burglar


No charges will be filed against a LaPorte man who shot and killed a burglar in his home on the morning of July 8.

Investigators from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office completed their investigation and submitted their reports to LaPorte County Prosecutor Robert Szilagyi who concluded that Stephen Penny acted in self defense when Jason Rabe broke into his home in the 6700 East block of County Road 1000 North.

Penny had awoken at the sound of breaking glass inside his home. He armed himself with a gun and found Rabe armed with a hatchet. The pair struggled and Penny shot Rabe once in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene from a single gunshot wound.

LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department investigators and the prosecuting attorney have closed this investigation.