EVASNVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – An officer involved shooting took the life of one in Evansville.

The Evansville Police Department (EPD) says around 10:35 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of North Third Avenue for a 911 hang-up. Police say a male called Central Dispatch saying ‘they are killing people’ and refused to answer further questions from the dispatchers.

An EPD officer arrived and spoke with a female at the door about the condition of the caller. Police say when the officer entered the residence, he found the male in a bedroom. EPD says the
male had a knife in his hand and refused to put it down after the officer gave him numerous commands to do so. EPD says the male then went into an adjacent room and sat down on a chair with the blanket covering the knife in his hand.

EPD says the officer continued to tell the male to put the knife down; the male refused to
put the weapon down and appeared to be in a state of distress. Police say an assisting officer arrived on scene at that time. EPD says after refusing to put his knife down the male lunged toward officers.

Police say one officer deployed his taser at that time in an attempt to subdue the male but the taser was unsuccessful. EPD says the male then advanced at one of the officers with the knife still in his hand. Police say a second EPD officer fired his handgun at least one time, striking the male.

A news release says officers attempted life-saving measures but were unsuccessful. Officers say the male was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the officer who fired his gun has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation, which is standard protocol following an officer involved shooting. EPD says the officers involved in this run were not physically injured. Police say the name of the deceased will be released by the Vanderburgh County Coroners Office pending an autopsy.