Woman killed in domestic dispute identified

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – One person is dead and one other is in critical condition after a domestic dispute on the north side of Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded after 1 a.m to the Hoover Park Condominiums. Police said there was a disturbance between a male and female.

Family members tell our sister station at WISH-TV the victim, Candice Hunter, was 24-years-old. When police arrived the suspect identified as Joshua Higgins, 22, shot Hunter point-blank, and he then fled on foot heading toward the rear of the apartment building. Before he fled he turned and shot at officers several times an officer then returned fire.

IMPD then heard a gunshot in the area and were dispatched to find the same man laying in the grass in the rear of the building. Police believe the suspect shot himself in the head and had a possible graze wound in the shoulder.

Hunter was pronounced dead at the scene. The Higgins was taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition.

Two small children, one almost two-years-old another 6 months old, were in the apartment during the incident. Hunter’s family members say they are doing well and are in the care of family friends.

Hunter’s family says the young mother moved from Chicago to Indianapolis to find a safer place for her and her children to live.

(Provided Photo/ Mother of Candice Hunter)
(Provided Photo/ Mother of Candice Hunter)

“Once [Hunter] had her first child it was really a turn around in her life because she dedicated her life to her child. wanted What was best for the child. She thought coming down to Indianapolis would give her a fresh start,” said Leha Williams, Hunter’s father.

Hunter’s father described her as a caring and loving mother who wanted to start taking classes again, to be able to provide for her young children. Hunter’s family rushed to Indianapolis when they heard the news.  Hunter’s family said the suspect was her boyfriend and father of one of the children. Williams said he knew the suspect, but never expected anything like this to happen.

“We had him in our home, her mother’s home, my home..around our other kids. He was a nice guy from the conversations he never got loud or anything of that nature. When we heard this we said ‘no this couldn’t be happening. not with him’,” said Williams.

The family spent several hours on Sunday morning gathering Hunter’s belongings from her apartment.

IMPD’s Critical Incident Response Team will perform a standard internal investigation. The officers will be placed on administrative duty until the investigation is complete. No officers were injured during the incident.

A cause and manner of death is pending the completion of an autopsy by the Marion County Coroner’s Office.

Higgins currently has four active warrants. The warrants are listed below:

  • Two are for robbery
  • One is for dealing in marijuana
  • One is for trespassing

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