Hospital Lockdown Lifted, Suspect In Custody After Double Murder In NW Indiana

Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville, Ind. (Credit: CBS)

Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville, Ind. (Credit: CBS)

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (CBS) A man was in custody in northwest Indiana on Friday, after allegedly stabbing an elderly woman to death at a hospital in Merrillville, and also allegedly killing her husband in Gary.

CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville was placed on lockdown early Friday morning, after a man fatally stabbed an elderly female patient around 12:30 a.m.

Merrillville Police Chief of Detectives Robert Wiley said officers quickly searched the hospital and surrounding area, and also contacted police in Gary, Ind., to check the victim’s home in Gary, Ind.

Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram said, when officers checked the victim’s home in the 1500 block of Hovey Street shortly after 3 a.m., they found an elderly man dead inside. Sources said the suspect had stabbed that man to death before killing the woman at the hospital.

Ingram said Gary police were able to track the suspect to another residence in the 3800 block of Carolina Street, where they took him into custody without incident.

Methodist Hospital officials said the lockdown was lifted around 5 a.m., after police took the suspect into custody.

Police sources said the suspect was the victims’ 60-year-old son. Wiley and Ingram said police have not confirmed the victims’ identities, though they believe they are a husband and wife, and the suspect is related to them.

Ingram said the suspect was being questioned at the Gary police station Friday morning.