A man was fatally shot by police in Evansville on Tuesday night during a kidnapping and murder investigation at a home on Stinson Avenue.
Troopers with the Indiana State Police were originally called to a home in the 1800 block of Stinson Avenue around 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday night after a woman who went to the home to visit another woman named Heidi Carter said she saw a man's body inside.
The Evansville Police Department was then called to the scene to assist in the investigation.
When officers got there, EPD says they found 36-year-old Heidi Carter standing outside by a vehicle. They say she told officers that there were other people inside the home, and that she had a gun on her.
After Carter was taken into custody, police say they surrounded the home and ordered everyone to come outside.
EPD says that a man rushed out of the door with what appeared to be a gun in his hand. He was fatally shot by officers and will be identified by the Vanderburgh County Coroner at a later time.
After officers then cleared the home, EPD says they found a woman who was tied up, shackled, and had visible injuries. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Another man was also found dead inside the home, and EPD says the nature of his death appeared "suspicious and gruesome." According to EPD, he had been restrained, duct-taped, beaten, and strangled. His identity will be released by the coroner at a later time.
"Detectives learned that the suspect (the man who was fatally shot), along with Heidi Carter, murdered the individual who was found deceased inside the residence," said EPD Sgt. Anna Gray. "They also tied and shackled the female victim, while the male suspect raped her multiple times throughout the day."
"This appears to be a suicide-by-cop situation," Sgt. Gray added.
Carter was arrested and booked into the Vanderburgh Jail on charges of Murder, Rape, Confinement, Abuse of a Corpse and more.
Photo: Heidi Carter - (Vanderburgh County Jail)
Another man renting out a separate portion of the home complied with officers and was removed from the scene safely along with his two kids. EPD says he is not involved in the incident.
The Evansville Police Department held a press briefing on the incident Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. You can watch it on Facebook.