3rd suspect in southern Indiana shootings that killed 2 captured in barn in Harrison County


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PAOLI, Indiana — State troopers captured a southern Indiana man Sunday who had eluded arrest for four days following a drug-related shooting in Paoli that left two men dead and another injured.

John Carpenter, 35, of Marengo, was arrested about 9 a.m. Sunday in a barn in Harrison County, about 25 miles west of Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana State Police Sgt. Philip Hensley said.

Troopers had established a perimeter around the barn overnight and found Carpenter during a morning search of the barn, Hensley said. Carpenter was captured without incident and taken to the Orange County Jail in Paoli, about 45 miles northwest of Louisville.

Carpenter was the third man arrested in connection with the fatal shootings Monday of Nicholas Fields, 56, and Corey Michael Harris, 25, both of Paoli, at Fields' rural mobile home north of that city. A third man is recovering after being shot in the mouth.

Carpenter had been wanted since a warrant charging him with murder was issued Wednesday. Elbert Edward Brooks, 48, of New Albany, was arrested late Wednesday and James L. Davidson, 36, of Marengo, was captured Friday evening.

All three suspects face two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of robbery. Carpenter and Davidson also face charges of being habitual criminals.

Brooks told a detective the three men went to Fields' mobile home to get methamphetamine, according to a court document filed Thursday. They made off with a quantity of the drug and money.

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