Written statement released by the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department:
Two people are behind bars after an attempted burglary quickly turned into a shooting in Silver Lake.
Kosciusko County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call of "shots fired" on Friday, December 2nd at 3:27 p.m. at the location of 802 East Main Street (also called State Road 14) in Silver Lake. Upon arrival, officers located the 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. Deputies were told that the two had arrived home from shopping when Sloan was forced down to the ground by a male subject racking a shotgun. Drake apparently then came into the residence and proceeded to beat the male suspect in the back of the head with a large salt/pepper shaker as the males wrestled over control of the shotgun.
During the physical 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, deputies were informed of a person that had a "gunshot wound" at the address of 5153 West Corly's Lane (Diamond Lake), Silver Lake. K.C.S.D. officers and detectives arrived and located Aaron Michael Rhoades, 28, C.R. 900 East, Pierceton, bleeding from a head wound and a gunshot wound to his legs. Officers also located the female "get-away" driver, Karen Gail Prater, 34, S. State Road 13, Claypool. Rhoades was transported to the Kosciusko Community Hospital and later to Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Prater was transported to the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department where she confessed to her involvement in the incident. She was arrested and preliminarily charged with aiding, abetting and inducing burglary, B felony, as well as driving while suspended.
Rhoades was released Saturday afternoon from the hospital and transported to the Kosciusko County Jail. 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. K.C.S.D. officers were assisted in the investigation by the Silver Lake Police Department.