Man shot over rifle and bottle of cologne

(WISH Photo/Brett Bensley)
(WISH Photo/Brett Bensley)

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors say a northwest Indiana man fatally shot a friend in a fight over a rifle and a bottle of cologne.

Porter County prosecutors filed a formal murder charge Friday against 34-year-old Abraham Bratcher. The Valparaiso resident Bratcher is being held without bond in the Porter County Jail. He doesn’t have an attorney.

The Times reports that Bratcher told officers he caught 31-year-old Gerid Forste of Kouts taking Bratcher’s cologne and assault rifle, and the two struggled for the gun. Bratcher allegedly wrestled the gun away from Forste and fatally shot him.

An autopsy Thursday showed Forste was shot once in the chest and twice in the legs.

The Times says both men had lengthy arrest records. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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