One dead, one in critical condition following domestic dispute

(Provided Photo/ Mother of Candice Hunter)

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

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the 6400 block of Park Central Drive West just after 1 a.m, that is at the Hoover Park Condominiums. Police say there was a disturbance between a male and female.

Family members tell 24-Hour News 8 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.  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

Anyone with information about this crime can call IMPD at (317) 327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS. 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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