AUBURN, Ind. (WANE) — An Auburn homeowner shot two suspected armed intruders dead and held two more at gunpoint early Sunday.
It was just before 6 a.m. when four people reportedly broke into a home at 1650 S.R. 8, near the Walmart Distribution Center on Auburn’s far west side.
Indiana State Police said investigators believe the four burglars entered the home with a gun and confronted the homeowner, who produced his own firearm and fired at the suspects.
Two were shot dead by the homeowner and the other two were held at gunpoint until the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and the Auburn Police Department arrived, according to Indiana State Police.
Tabitha L. Johnson, 42, and Shaun T. Kruse, 42, both from Fort Wayne, were taken into custody. ISP said they will face charges of felony murder and burglary, a level two felony.
The two people killed were identified as Rameica Lasharon Moore, 36, of Fort Wayne, and Dylan Scott Morefield, 22, of Churubusco. Autopsies for both are pending with the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center.
WANE 15 looked into the backgrounds of all four individuals who allegedly entered the home.
Court records show Remeica Moore and Dylan Morefield had prior misdemeanor convictions. Morefield also had a felony conviction in Noble County for possession of meth.
The two individuals police took into custody also have criminal backgrounds.
Tabitha Johnson took a plea agreement on a possession of a narcotic drug felony in 2021. She was found guilty of nonsupport of a dependent child in 2000, along with various criminal misdemeanors.
Shaun Kruse took a plea agreement for a 2014 forgery charge, a class C felony. He was also convicted of theft in 2009 and 2012, both are class D felonies.
At this time, the homeowner faces no charges.
In Indiana, there is a stand your ground law that supports the use of deadly force if someone believes the use of deadly force is necessary in order to prevent serious bodily injury.
Due to the nature of the investigation, Indiana State Police declined to comment on this story.