Police Wednesday gunned down man and arrest woman at a home in Evansville, Indiana after responding to a call about “murder/kidnap”
Shooting took place in Evansville, Indiana, after a cleaner found a man’s dead body under a pile of blankets in Heidi Carter’s home
Search of the home before revealed two kidnapped victims – a man who had been strangled to death with a belt and a shackled woman
The female victim had been raped multiple times police later discovered
Officers arrested homeowner Heidi Carter on scene
Carter, 36, faces charges of murder, intimidation with a weapon, rape, criminal confinement, assisting a criminal, carrying a firearm without a license, and abuse of corpse
Police shot and killed Carter’s boyfriend, Carey Hammond, after he stepped out brandishing an a piece of plastic cops mistook for a weapon
Affidavit alleges Carter met both victims on a dating app and invited them over for sex, but Hammond caught them in the act and flew into a rage
Hammond allegedly restrained the victims and repeatedly raped the woman
Carter was away from home when Hammond strangled the man to death with his belt, on return she helped move the body to another room and hide it under some bedding
An Indiana woman was arrested and a man was fatally shot by police as part of a suspected ‘suicide by cop’ after officers were summoned to a home in Evansville on Wednesday to investigate an alleged kidnapping and murder.
The incident left two people dead, including the victim who was shot by police.
Heidi Carter, 36, was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on counts of murder, rape, confinement, abuse of a corpse, assisting a criminal, and carrying a handgun without a license, after a man was found restrained with duct tape, beaten and strangled to death inside a house on Stinson Avenue.
Responding officers rescued a woman who was discovered shackled and injured at the same address. She was taken to a hospital for treatment.
According to an affidavit, police believe that the two victims first connected with Carter on a dating app and arrived at her home to drink alcohol, do drugs and have sex.
Carter’s boyfriend, Carey Hammond, allegedly caught the trio in the act, flew into a rage and began attacking his girlfriend and the two victims with a baseball bat, according to police, as reported by 14News.
Hammond then allegedly shackled both victims and repeatedly raped the woman throughout the day, according to WANE.
Carter allegedly brandished a gun, threatened to kill the victims and bragged that she knew someone who cold get rid of a dead body, reported Evansville Courier and Press.
While Carter was away from home, Hammond allegedly grew angry because the male victim was trying to free himself, and he strangled the man to death with his belt, the affidavit alleged.
When Carter returned, she allegedly helped Hammond move the body to another room and hide it under some bedding.
On Tuesday, a woman had arrived at the home on Stinson Avenue to help Carter clean the residence for a landlord inspection.
She became alarmed when she saw blood on Carter’s boots and heard a woman begging for help.
At one point, the cleaner sat down on what she mistook for a pile of pillows and blankets.
‘She found after she sat down that under the blankets was a dead body,’ the affidavit stated.
The witness told police the male suspect tried to prevent her from leaving, but she managed to escape and flag down an Indiana State police trooper to report the gruesome find.
Officers who responded to the scene of the incident encountered a man outside the front door brandishing what appeared to be a gun and fatally shot him.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Evansville Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Anna Gray revealed that the object in the suspect’s hand was, in fact, a piece of metal or plastic shaped to look like a gun.
According to Sgt. Gray, shortly after 11 p.m. from state police were responding a report of a “murder/kidnapping.”
Responding officer on arrival, called for people inside the home to step out, that’s when a male figure came out of the home.
The subject was uncooperative, refusing to follow commands. The officers saw what appeared to be a handgun in his hand. Several officers, including at least four EPD officers, shot at the man, Gray said. The subject who was hit several times, was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police later determined the object the man was holding was not a gun, but rather a metal and plastic item bent to look like a gun.
Described the moment he stepped out of the home as a “shooting stance” – Gray offered that authorities believe the suspect extended the object like a firearm so that police would shoot him.
When police executed a search warrant against the home, they found two teenagers and their father, who had been returning a room from Carter, along with multiple pets.
Police also discovered a woman tied up and shackled with visible injuries. EPD officials say she was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Investigators later discovered she had been raped by the male suspect multiple times leading up to Tuesday night’s shooting.
Officers arrested 36-year-old Heidi Carter on scene. She’s facing the following charges: murder, two counts of intimidation with a weapon, rape, two counts of felony criminal confinement, assisting a criminal, carrying a handgun without a license, and abuse of a corpse