EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – New information has been released in the officer-involved shooting in Evansville that left one man dead.
Police officials say the officer was justified in shooting 45-year-old Terry Chanley, of Wadesville.
The shooting was captured on camera and police say it shows Chanley aggressively approaching the officer, causing that officer to fear for his life.
Police say we’ll see that video for ourselves.
In a statement, police say video of the shooting will be released Wednesday.
It’s video that police have already seen and say it shows an officer protecting himself and others around him.
“What appeared to be very routine turned out to be anything but.”
It all started as a call to investigate a crash on Morgan Avenue, but just minutes later ended in shots fired.
“Shots fired! Shots fired! Shots fired. We’re advising shots fired.”
Captain Andy Chandler defending the officer’s actions during a news conference at police headquarters.
“The first witness at the scene approached our officer and immediately said there is something wrong with his guy. He believed he was under the influence of some substance.”
And when the officer approached the vehicle involved in the crash – Chandler says – the officer noticed the same.
The driver, Terry Chanley, wasn’t responding to the officer’s questions.
Instead, police say, Chanley began reaching under his seat eventually pulling out an object the officer thought could be a gun.
Chandler says the officer repeatedly shouted for Chanley to drop the item and when Chanley started approaching the officer, the officer fired his gun.
Police say that didn’t stop Chanley, who continued to approach the officer.
The officer police say fired again and Chanley eventually fell to the ground. That object Chanley had turned out to be a black hammer.
“I’m here to tell you a hammer is a deadly weapon. A club, a hammer, any type of blunt object in the hand of an able-bodied individual can cause a great deal of harm, can cause death.”
Chandler says the officer was justified in using deadly force.
But a witness who called 911 reported a different series of events.
“That guy didn’t have no gun. He had his hands up on his head and he was turning to dodge the bullet and the cop shot like five bullets at the guy.”
“Absolutely false. There’s probably a good explanation for that. Many witnesses come from different angles, different perceptions. They don’t fully see.”
Police say they believe four shots were fired. The officer involved has been with the department for about 10 years.
The officer’s name has not been released at this time.
EPD says they have a lot of video from that night; body cam, dash cam and video provided by a witness.
It’s that video that they now say they will release to the media sometime Wednesday.
(This story was originally published on October 29, 2019)