Murdered on his doorstep. A firearm isn’t a magic talisman.

portage Tapia crime scene


Less than a mile from my old house a man was murdered this morning.  Alex Tapia was, by all accounts, a good husband and loving father.

At approximately 5:30 this morning Mr Tapia confronted 3 males breaking into cars in his driveway.

While details are short at this point it would appear that Mr Tapia stopped the three thieves and was attempting to contact the police when one of the three suspects drew a concealed handgun of his own and exchanged gunfire with the home owner.

While Mr Tapia did manage to shoot one of the three assailants, he was also shot.  He would later be pronounced dead at Porter Regional succumbing to a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Portage PD worked quickly and apprehended one suspect almost immediately.  The other two were arrested in nearby Michigan City when they sought treatment for a gunshot wound at a St Anthony’s hospital.

As I’ve said before, please, PLEASE get training with your firearms and never let your guard down.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the Tapia family who moved to Portage from East Chicago to escape the crime and violence that has been plaguing that area.

I’ll update this story on the 13C FaceBook page when more information becomes available and if donations are setup to help Mr Tapia’s wife and children after this tragic loss.

About Joe

As an Oath Keeper Joe is known for his staunch, unwavering defense of Liberty and the Constitution. His background in medicine, from the streets as a FF/EMT to a level 1 trauma team, bring a unique perspective to TBS team. As a life long firearms enthusiast you may also recognize him from his work with MAC and as founder of 13C Gun Reviews.
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