AUBURN — The Indiana State Police are investigating a fatal shooting in DeKalb County that claimed the lives of two people.
Around 8:40 a.m. Monday, July 25, officers from the Auburn Police Department responded to a residence in the 800 block of Griswold Court to investigate a report of shots fired. As APD officers arrived, a black passenger vehicle was leaving the area. Auburn police attempted to initiate a traffic stop with that vehicle, but the driver fled.
Officers from APD, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, and ISP became involved in the ensuing vehicle pursuit. The pursuit ran southeast of Auburn on CR 46A and ended up north on CR 51. Officers were able to successfully employ a tire deflation device on CR 51 at SR 8. The suspect vehicle continued fleeing at slow speeds north on CR 51. Nearing CR 40, officers reported shots being fired from within the suspect vehicle, which came to a stop on CR 51, south of CR 40.
When officers approached the vehicle, they found two injured occupants. There was an unresponsive man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound in the vehicle’s rear seat, and an adult woman driving the vehicle, who was also suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Officers secured the scene and began medical aid on the woman until EMS personnel arrived and took over. However, all life-saving measures were unsuccessful. Both the man and the woman were pronounced dead at the scene.
The DeKalb County Coroner’s Office has identified the deceased as Heather Lynn Harmon, 35, Auburn; and Edward James Conboy, 37, Edon, Ohio (formerly residing in Garrett, Indiana.)
Preliminary investigation revealed that Harmon and Conboy had been involved in a past relationship. The incident on Griswold Court began with Conboy forcing his way into Harmon’s vehicle at gunpoint. During that forced entry, shots were fired by Conboy, which is what generated the 911 call to APD. Detectives believe that Harmon (as the driver) was refusing to stop for police based on coercion. At the conclusion of the vehicle pursuit, Conboy shot Harmon and then turned the gun on himself.
This remains an active investigation.