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 on Wednesday to investigate an alleged kidnapping and murder.
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 in Evansville.
Responding officers rescued a woman who was discovered shackled and injured at the same address. She was taken to a hospital for treatment but her condition was unknown as of Thursday afternoon.
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.
Heidi Carter, 36, faces charges of murder, rape and abuse of a corpse after police found a dead man and a shackled woman inside an Evansville, Indiana, home. Her boyfriend, Carey Hammond, was shot and killed by police
A cleaner discovered a man’s dead body beneath a pile of blankets and pillow at this home on Stinson Avenue and went to the police
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.
Hammond emerged from the home brandishing an object made to look like a gun and was shot by police, in what was believed to be ‘suicide by cops’
A tenant of the suspects emerged from the home with his hands raised
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.
Gray said police believe the suspect extended the object like a firearm so that police would shoot him.
When police executed a search warrant at the house, they found two teenagers and their father, who had been returning a room from Carter, along with multiple pets.