EPD: Officer did everything by-the-book in officer-involved shooting

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The Evansville Police Department held a press conference on Tuesday regarding an officer-involved shooting — saying the officer did everything by-the-book.

Police said they do not believe the man who died, Terry Chanley, was injured in the car accident prior to the officer-involved shooting.

When the officer arrived on scene, police said he approached the vehicle Chanley was in which had a door open.

At this point, the officer asked Chanley for his driver’s license but Chanley said no.

Police said Chanley then reached under his seat for something. The officer saw that and backed up and began shouting demands.

At this point, police said Chanley came out of the vehicle and charged the officer with a weapon, which later was identified as a hammer.

The police officer involved believed the weapon was a gun, according to EPD.

Police also confirmed that the officer had his body camera activated.

Four shots were fired, police said.

911 calls were also released on Tuesday. In one of the calls, a witness said that Chanley did not have a gun and had his hands up.

At the press conference, police said this was false but they could understand how the witness could have either seen the incident from a different angle or been referring to another witness instead of Chanley.

Man Armed With Hammer Shot by OfficerOn Monday, October 28, 2019 at 6:28 p.m., an EPD Officer was dispatched to what…

Posted by Evansville Police Department on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Listen to the 911 calls here:

Update

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office identified the person who died in an officer-involved shooting Monday evening as 45-year-old Terry Chanley of Wadesville.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

The Evansville Police Department plans to hold a news conference at 3:45 p.m. to provide updates on the incident.

Eyewitness News will provide a live stream of the news conference.

Original story

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The radio transmissions between dispatchers and police on the scene of an officer-involved shooting were released on Tuesday.

Eyewitness News edited the audio, in order to exclude names and personally identifiable information mentioned in the recording.

Listen to the full, edited audio in the video player above.

In the transmissions, you can hear an officer say that a subject is down as he appears to wait for backup.

About five minutes into the edited recording, an officer says that the subject is down with a gun underneath his stomach. The officer says that the subject is still moving at that point.

Background

One person died after officers responded to a traffic accident near Morgan Ave. and Theater Dr.

Police said they received a call just before 6:30 p.m. Monday from a witness saying a driver had swerved off the road and hit a traffic pole.

When the first officer arrived on the scene, they reported that the driver was behaving erratically, according to the Evansville Police Department.

Police said the driver made quick, sudden movements while being questioned by police.

That’s when the officer fatally shot the driver, police said.

Police said they believe the officer was wearing a body cam and it will be reviewed as part of the investigation.

The involved officer was put on paid administrative leave, which is department policy.

The name of the person who was shot and died has not yet been released.

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(This story was originally published on October 29, 2019)

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