EPD: Officer thought they were about to get hit by a car, shoots suspect

Crime

EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) Evansville Police say a plain clothes officer who was tracking an allegedly stolen vehicle shot the suspect out of fear they were about to be run over. The incident happened Thursday morning around 10:00 on Morgan Ave. near Boeke.

The detectives had called for assistance in pulling the vehicle over, but before backup arrived, the vehicle got stuck in the snow coming on to Morgan from Ruston. The officers approached the vehicle and told the driver, Anthony Sapp, 38, to get out of the car.

Anthony Sapp. Source: Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff’s Office

EPD says Sapp accelerated, dislodging the car from the snow. Since the vehicle was moving toward the detectives, one of them fired their weapon, hitting Sapp in the shoulder. Detectives say Sapp fought them when they tried to get him out of the car.

Once they got him out of the car, Sapp was taken to the hospital for treatment for his shoulder. The injury turned out to be very minor, so Sapp was placed back into police custody. Sapp is charged with battery with a deadly weapon, auto theft, and resisting law enforcement.

The officer who fired their gun has been placed on a three day administrative leave, which is policy for officer involved shootings. Their name has not been released.

(This story was originally published on February 18, 2021)

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