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EPD: 2 dead, including 1 shot by authorities at Evansville home

Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 4:52 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2021 at 5:29 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Two people are dead, including one shot by authorities, at an Evansville home, according to Evansville Police Sgt. Anna Gray.

EPD held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon regarding to the incident.

You can watch the full briefing in the video below:

It happened at a home late Tuesday night in the Howell area, in the 1800 block of Stinson Ave.

Sgt. Gray said this came in just shortly after 11 p.m. from state police as a “murder/kidnapping.”

When officials arrived, they started calling for people to come out of the home, said Sgt. Gray.

Then, Sgt. Gray said a man came out of the home. Officials said he was not following commands and being uncooperative.

Sgt. Gray said authorities saw what appeared to be a handgun in his hand. Several officers, including at least four EPD officers, shot at a man outside.

Sgt. Gray said that man was shot and killed on scene. She said the man was shot several times.

Officials say it was later determined the male suspect was not holding a gun, but rather a metal and plastic item bent to look like a gun.

Sgt. Gray described the moment he stepped out of the home as a “shooting stance.”

We’re told one person was found dead inside the home. Right now, it’s unclear how that person died, but officers say he had been tied up, beaten and strangled.

Sgt. Gray described the scene as “gruesome.”

Police say they also discovered a woman tied up and shackled with visible injuries. EPD officials say she was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Sgt. Gray says 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

Heidi Carter.
Heidi Carter.(Source: Vanderburgh County Jail)

Carter is being held without bond.

Sgt. Gray said several people and juveniles were inside the house. We’re told they’re all safe.

At this point, we’re told the scene is under control and there is no danger to the public.

“I was in the front room and then I heard, bam bam bam bam bam, a whole bunch of shots, and I hit the floor,” one neighbor said.

Neighbors say that’s all you can do when you hear as much gunfire as they did late Tuesday night.

“We started seeing lights and flashlights and hollering from the police to come out with your hands up and it was intense,” Sue Allen, a neighbor said. “It was very scary.”

One man even said he woke up to his ring doorbell camera going off, and when he checked saw two officers using his car as a shield from the gunfire.

“It’s always been quiet on the west side,” a neighbor said. “I mean we don’t have this trouble over here,.”

Another man who lives close by said he saw the whole incident unravel and as police asked for everyone to exit the home - before he knew it, one man was shot in the doorway.

“It’s something you don’t think about in your neighborhood and you want to assume that you’re safe,” Allen said. “I just think it’s an eye-opener, you have to be vigilant and know what’s going on. Pay attention to your surroundings.”

Investigators made their way around neighboring houses to collect any evidence they could find of damage from the shooting.

“And when the gunfire started that was my concern it coming down, and coming through the house, I mean, you don’t know,” Allen said.

Now, they say they’re just hoping the neighborhood goes back to a quiet, safe place.

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