Neighbors react after police action shooting


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)– Evansville Police are investigating after an overnight shooting involving officers. It happened in the 2600 block of pollack avenue around 1:30 Saturday morning.

A bullet hole-riddled door and shattered glass is what remains at the doorstep of the apartment where a police action shooting occurred.

“I heard the yelling of police officers I guess,” a neighbor says.

Yelling from officers responding to a call from a man claiming he shot someone. He also said he planned to shoot someone else. But Evansville Police say a person with a gun isn’t what they found. Instead, they found a man holding a knife in each hand.

One neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, says he’s lived on this street for five years and didn’t expect this to happen so close to him.

“I don’t want to hear gunshots anywhere around me.”

He says he heard the whole thing.

“After I heard the gunshots I looked out and I saw the flashlights and I heard them yelling again, ‘get on the ground’.”

EPD says they asked the man with the knives to put them down. He didn’t. An officer fired his gun shooting the man in the arm.

Evansville City Councilwoman Missy Mosby lives nearby. She says crime in the neighborhood has decreased in the last few years. Thanks to the community.

“4 or 5 years ago there were a lot of different things going on but when the neighbors got together and started their neighborhood associations and they meet and they know one another, crime has really gone down,” Councilwoman Mosby says.

As for some other neighbors they wish they knew more.

“I’d like for them to give us a little more information about what’s going on here.”

EPD says the man who was shot is expected to survive his injuries. They also say they searched the home for potential shooting victims but didn’t find anyone.

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(This story was originally published on January 18, 2020)

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