A rural Valparaiso man was being held on suspicion of shooting his estranged
wife to death on Sunday, Portage Police said.
The names of both the suspect and the victim were not released this morning
“because the investigation is ongoing,” police said.
According to police, at 10:22 p.m. officers were dispatched to the Mystic
Moon at 5830 U.S. Highway 6, Suite B., in response to a 911 call in which
“dispatchers could hear faint breathing on the telephone line.” On their
arrival, police said, officers found signs of forced entry at the business
and on checking upstairs found a 50-year-old woman on the floor “shot
numerous times with a high-power rifle” and “with the business telephone
close to her.”
Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris told the Chesterton Tribune today
that the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
While conducting their investigation at the scene, police, said, officers
were informed by dispatchers that a male subject had contacted the Porter
County Sheriff’s Police to request a welfare check on his stepfather, after
his stepfather had called him to say that he had just shot his estranged
wife, the male subject’s mother.
PPD and PCSP officers obtained a search warrant to enter the suspect’s
residence and—because investigators learned that he may be in possession of
an AK-47 assault rifle—the PCSP SWAT Team was mustered. The SWAT Team made
entry and took the suspect into custody without incident.
The suspect subsequently refused to answer investigators’ questions, police
said. He was being held on suspicion of homicide pending the filing of
An autopsy on the victim is scheduled for Tuesday in Indianapolis, Harris