Police in Palm Coast, Florida, say a 19-year-old Georgia man was arrested early Wednesday morning for killing and attacking a family member.
At about 2:56 a.m. on Wednesday, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call reporting that a man had arrived at the caller’s Clermont Court home claiming to have been attacked.
According to police, upon arrival, deputies spoke with the victim, who said he had been beaten by a member of his family, later identified as Luke Ingram, of Dunwoody, Georgia. He further told police that another member of his family had been attacked within the home.
When the deputies arrived at the house, they found the suspect standing near a severely injured man and a blunt object that appeared to have been used in the attack. Fire and rescue personnel arrived at the scene to assist the injured man after paramedics pronounced him dead at 3:24 a.m. from “significant blunt force trauma.”
According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect physically resisting arrest and tasing deputies eventually led to him being detained so emergency responders could enter the home and assist the victim.
When the Major Case Unit of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate the incident, they determined it was a homicide.
Detectives interviewed the suspect at the Flagler County Courthouse after he tried to escape by pulling his handcuffed arms through his legs and attacking detectives and deputies.
“A significant struggle followed, and multiple tasers were deployed before he was subdued and transported to Advent Health-Palm Coast for medical clearance,” the sheriff’s office reported.
Major Case detectives were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital, police said.
“Fortunately, our detectives will recover from their injuries taking this violent offender off the streets and into the Green Roof Inn where he belongs,” said Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly. “The original crime scene reflected a very violent and brutal attack. We are working diligently to find answers as to what caused this tragic attack on family members early this morning. Our condolences to the family and all involved in this case.”
Ingram was arrested for second degree murder, domestic violence battery by strangulation, resisting without violence, resisting with violence and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.
He is currently being held without bond.