Surveillance video of VFW post shooting in Evansville released

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) Evidence in a recent attempted murder case in Evansville is released for for the public to see.

The case involves January’s shooting at the VFW Post on Wabash Avenue.

Last week, we heard from John Michael Burghardt, the man convicted of the shooting. He claims his actions were out of his control. Today, Vanderburgh County Courts release surveillance video from inside the post when the shooting happened.

During his interview with Eyewitness News, Burghardt cited PTSD in his reasoning for shooting Paul Glover earlier this year.

“We did not go to trial thinking anything about post traumatic stress or any of that, but I am rated 100% by the veterans administration as disabled and it was for post traumatic stress,” Burghardt said to Eyewitness News last week.

The prosecutor’s office claims evidence at the case suggests otherwise.

In the surveillance video presented during the trial, and obtained by Eyewitness News through a Freedom Of Information Act request, it shows the moments before, during and after the shooting, in the post full of bingo players and others. Just after 7:00 PM the night of the shooting, people working that night were watching a back door. Glover goes to the door to open it, when Burghardt grabs the door and steps inside. Burghardt has the gun in his left hand and is pointing it at Glover. Glover appears to also have a gun, but he is pointing it away from Burghardt. About 20 seconds later, Burghardt shoots Glover once.

“I kept looking at him, jumping out behind that door, with that gun by his side, I pulled my gun out and watched him…and I shot him,” says Burghardt.

The shot is heard through the building, causing some people to duck behind tables, and others to leave, while others rush to check on Glover. Burghardt is pushed down after the shooting, but the video shows him walking to another door. Minutes later, once he gets in he’s tackled by people, who held him down until Evansville Police arrived.

Burghardt’s lawyer, Dawnya Taylor, declined our offer for an on camera interview citing her policy of not commenting on a case until all litigation is done. Burghardt is scheduled to be sentenced on September 4th.

Surveillance video from inside the VFW post during the shooting. Video courtesy of Vanderburgh Co. Courts.

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(This story was originally published on August 13, 2019)

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