A 36-year-old Indiana woman is behind bars after police discovered two people tied up and shackled in her home—one of them “deceased and beyond help.”
The woman, identified by Evansville authorities as Heidi Carter, faces a string of charges in connection with the Tuesday night incident, which police say took even them by surprise.
It all began after a woman flagged down an Indiana state trooper late Tuesday night, saying she’d stopped by Carter’s home only to find “a dead body” inside, Evansville Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Anna Gray told reporters late Wednesday. The woman said she’d gone to the home to help clean ahead of an inspection, and took a seat on a pile of blankets only to realize “that under the blankets was a dead body,” an arrest affidavit says, according to The Evansville Courier & Press.
She ran out of the house screaming and alerted authorities. State police and officers from the Evansville Police Department responded around 11 p.m., assuming they were dealing with a “possible kidnapping and murder.”
Once they arrived, things took a bizarre turn. Carter was located outside, with a gun, police said. She told them there were still “several people” inside the home, and officers began issuing commands for those inside to come out, starting with one unidentified man who complied and was released.
A second man then came out and is said to have “rushed out of the front door in an aggressive manner” with an object in his hands that he pointed at police. He was fatally shot by several officers in what Gray said “appears to be a suicide by cop situation.”
Officers then entered the home and found a woman “who had been tied up, shackled, and had visible injuries,” Gray said.
“Another individual was located inside the residence but unfortunately was deceased and beyond help. The manner of death appeared suspicious and gruesome. He had been restrained, duct-taped, beaten, and strangled,” she said.