19-year-old Georgia murder suspect is tased by Flagler deputy during arrest
A 19-year-old Georgia man is charged with murder in the killing of one of his family members on Clermont Court in Palm Coast the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Suspect Luke Ingram, of Dunwoody, Georgia, is also charged with domestic battery by strangulation in connection with an attack on a second family member. The second family member told detectives that Ingram had schizophrenia and had been acting strange the previous day, according to an arrest report.
“The original crime scene reflected a very violent and brutal attack," Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said. "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.”
Flagler County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 34 Clermont Court in Palm Coast at approximately 2:56 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, after a 911 caller said that a man had shown up at her front door saying that he had been attacked and needed help.
Upon arrival, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputies made contact with a subject, who said that he had been attacked by a family member. The victim said that he believed the suspect had also attacked a second family member within the residence.
Deputies then responded to the location where the attacks occurred and located the suspect standing near what a man who appeared to be dead or severely injured. The suspect was standing next to a blunt object which appeared to have been used in the attack.
Deputies ordered the suspect out of the residence. He left, but then refused to comply further with deputies. The suspect physically resisted arrest and was tased by deputies and eventually detained so fire/rescue personnel could safely enter the residence to render medical aid to the victim.
Paramedics pronounced the victim dead at 3:24 a.m. as a result of blunt force trauma.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Major Case Unit was called to the scene and began to investigate the disturbance as a homicide.
The Major Case Unit was assisted by the Community Policing Division, Real Time Crime Center, Digital Forensics Unit, FCSO Crime Scene Investigation, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Medical Examiner’s Office, and the 7th Circuit State Attorney’s Office Homicide Investigation Unit.
The suspect was taken to the Flagler County Courthouse to get a better understanding of what had occurred at the residence.
After several brief interactions with detectives, the suspect tried to esc by pulling his handcuffed arms through his legs and attacking FCSO Major Case detectives and deputies.
After a struggle and multiple taser deployments, he was again subdued and transported to AdventHealth Palm Coast for medical clearance before being taken to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility.
One Major Case detective was treated at Advent Health-Palm Coast with non-life-threatening injuries. The detective was treated and released and is expected to make a full recovery.
Ingram was arrested on charges of 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 on no bond.
The FCSO Major Case Unit is continuing the investigation, but after a thorough neighbor canvas and analysis of the available forensic evidence, no other suspects are believed to be involved.