An Attempted Burglary at a Silver Lake Home Turns into a Shooting

By Scott Sarvay
By Maureen Mespell

December 5, 2011 Updated Dec 5, 2011 at 5:40 PM EST

SILVER LAKE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Just before 3:30 PM Friday afternoon Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 call of “shots fired” at a home along State Road 14 in Silver Lake.

When officers arrived they found residents Billy Sloan and Sue Drake at the roadway edge, along with a B.B. gun, broken rolls of coins and a pool of blood.

During the investigation officers were told that Sloan ad Drake had just returned from a shopping trip and was ambushed. The male suspect, who had a shotgun, forced Sloan down to the ground. Drake then walked into the home and witnessed what was going on and began hitting the suspect in the head with a salt/ pepper shaker while the suspect and Sloan wrestled for control of the shotgun.

During the altercation, the shotgun was discharged twice and eventually retrieved by Sloan who chased the burglary suspect out of the residence. Sloan stated that the suspect subsequently pulled out a handgun as he was running at which point Sloan fired the 12 gauge shotgun striking the suspects legs. The suspect then crawled into an arriving pickup truck driven by a female and began to flee the scene but not before Sloan shot-out the rear passenger side tire with the shotgun.

A short time later officers where alerted of the whereabouts of the suspect and his get-away driver. Aaron Michael Rhoades, 28, of Pierceton was located with a head wound and a gunshot wound to his legs. Karen Gail Prater, 34, of Claypool was also located at the residence and later confessed to her involvement with the incident.

Prater was arrested and preliminarily charged with aiding, abetting and inducing burglary, B felony, as well as driving while suspended. Rhoades allegedly confessed to detectives of the incident as well as a previous robbery of prescription medication at the same residence on November 14th. He was preliminarily charged with two counts of burglary (A and B felony), two counts of robbery (A felony with injury, C felony with a weapon) and one count of D felony theft.

Prater’s bond was set at $50,000 while Rhoades bond was set at $200,000 by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office.




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