Arrest made in shooting; other suspects sought

Herald Staff Writer

MARENGO — Indiana State Police have arrested one suspect in the Monday shooting north of Paoli that left two dead and police say two other suspects remain at large.


At 9:57 p.m. Wednesday, state police investigators placed Elbert Edward Brooks, 48, New Albany, into custody. He is to be charged with murder for his involvement in the shootings of Nicholas Fields, Cory Michael Harris, and Daniel Smitson, police said.

Investigators, combing through tips and leads since Monday afternoon, were led to an apartment complex at 285 South Main Street in Marengo, where Brooks was taken into custody without incident.

Police revealed Wednesday they had obtained a warrant for the arrest of John Robert Carpenter, 35, of Marengo in connection with the shootings.

Carpenter, a white male who is 6 feet tall and weighs 175 pounds, has blue eyes and brown hair; however, he is believed to currently have a shaved head and recently had facial hair.

Police said Carpenter, who is considered armed and dangerous, remains at large.

Investigators also believe there is a third suspect involved in the case.

Police are also actively looking for the third suspect, identified as James L. Davidson, 36, Marengo. He also should be considered armed and dangerous.

Davidson was last seen in the Marengo area this evening.

Anyone with information regarding the location of Davidson or Carpenter is asked to contact state police at the Jasper post at 1-812-482-1441. They should not be approached, police cautioned.

Carpenter was last seen driving a red and gray 1991 Dodge Ram 150, single cab, two-wheel-drive pickup truck with Indiana registration TK913LGC.

Fields, 56, of 2350 N. Orange County Road 200W, was pronounced dead Monday after being found shot in his residence three miles north of Paoli.

Harris, 25, of 2952 S. Log Creek Road, Paoli, who suffered a gunshot wound to his head, died at University of Louisville Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Smitson, 29, 3001 S. Unionville Road, Paoli, who had a gunshot wound to his mouth, remains in stable condition at U of L Hospital, according to authorities.

Orange County 911 received a call from a passerby just after 1 p.m. Monday requesting medical assistance for a male lying near the roadway at Fields’ 2350 N. Orange County Road 200W address, which is also known as Sandy Hook Road.

Emergency medical crews arrived to find Harris down, Smitson walking wounded outside the residence and Fields shot inside his home.

Investigators have yet to speculate on how or why the incident occurred.

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