Hammond Police File Murder Charges Against Barner

January 25, 2017-Joseph Barner was the subject of a multi-jurisdictional manhunt that resulted in him surrendering to Lynwood, IL Police on Monday after he shot three people, killing one. Now Police are releasing details about the incident in Court filings. According to the Probable Cause Affidavit filed in the case, the two other individuals shot have both spoken to police. Both victims spoke to police from their respective hospital beds on January 23 when Hammond police conducted the investigation. Both surviving victims identified Barner as the ex-boyfriend of their aunt, Carmelle Erbie Cajuste who succumbed to the injuries she received on that date.

According to the report, Barner admitted to the shooting in a videotaped confession. “Joseph stated that he is the ex-bofriend of Carmelle Cajuste . . . that they broke up a while back.” Barner admitted that he purchased a handgun a few days before the shooting and stated that he felt unsafe according to the report. On Monday, January 23 Barner drove to the Truman Street residence “to talk to Carmelle about money she owed him for the bills.” During the course of the conversation, Barner says he drew his handgun and began firing. “He believed he may have fired the gun four times. He then left the house and walked back to his car which was still parked on Indiana Street” according to the report. He stated that “the silver and black handgun recovered from his mother’s house was the same handgun he used to shoot Carmelle [and her family members].

Police say the gun was recovered when Barner was taken into custody at his mother’s home in Lynwood, IL on the evening of January 23, 2017. Barner surrendered after talking with police via telephone. The gun was reported stolen from Lafayette, Indiana according to Police.

Barner now faces one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery and two counts of battery by means of a deadly weapon. He will appear in a Cook County Court for extradition to Indiana in the near future.

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