Third man wanted for deadly Paoli shooting arrested in barn

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HARRISON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Police said the third and final suspect wanted for a triple shooting in Paoli was arrested Sunday morning.

According to Indiana State Police, John R. Carpenter, 35, of Marengo, was arrested in a barn on Heidelberg Road, just north of Fairview Church Road, in Harrison County.

(Suspect found in barn/WISH Photo)
(Suspect found in barn/ISP Photo)

Carpenter was taken to the Orange County Jail in Paoli.

Police arrested James Davidson, 36, of Marengo, on Friday evening.

Investigators said Elbert Edward Brooks, 48, of New Albany, John Carpenter, 35, of Marengo, and Davidson were involved in the shooting in Paoli that left two men dead.

Brooks was arrested late Tuesday night. Brooks said he was waiting in a vehicle when he heard gunshots. He told police Davidson and Carpenter returned to the vehicle saying “that it had went wrong.”

Investigators said the shooting was over meth.

Nicholas Fields, 56, died Monday and Corey Michael Harris, 25, died Tuesday at a Louisville, Kentucky, hospital. A third man, Daniel Smitson, 29, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the mouth. All three victims are from Paoli, which is about 45 miles northwest of Louisville.

All three suspects face two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of robbery, and Carpenter and Davidson also face charges of being habitual criminals. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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