EPD releases body camera footage from officer-involved shooting

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – On Tuesday, police identified the man shot in an officer-involved shooting as 51-year-old Melvin Solomon.

Courtesy: Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office

Solomon faces charges of false reporting, resisting law enforcement, and intimidation.

Solomon was just released from the hospital on Monday and he’s now in the Vanderburgh County Jail.

Police also released body camera footage from the incident.

Police said they are waiting on toxicology reports to come back.

Two officers were placed on administrative leave for three days following the incident — Officer Jason Martin and Officer Jaqueline Duff.

EPD said the officers acted properly and within the department’s standards.

Police said four rounds were fired and Solomon was hit in the upper right arm.

Officers were called by Solomon Saturday after he claimed he shot someone and planned to shoot someone else. Solomon was shot after officers asked him to drop the knives and Solomon tried to go back into the apartment.

“We cleared the house and there was no one inside. So you can hear on the 911 call in the background what sounded like a scuffle and a females voice. There was a time between– the call was dispatched at 1:30 and officers arrived at 1:34 so in-between that time whenever was in that house must have left,” Nick Winsett with EPD says. “He felt and rightly so that he needed to stop the threat there before there could be potential other victims. Because at the time we thought there could have been one maybe two victims and we didn’t want to add to that..”

Winsett says they think this could have been Solomon’s attempt at suicide by police.

“We feel like this might have been a suicide by cop situation. We feel like maybe he lured us out there for that. Again, we don’t know but he’s made several comments that he wanted to die. He approached two officers with two large knives in his hands.”

Watch the full body camera video here:

Original story

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – On Tuesday, the Evansville Police Department is expected to release more details surrounding an officer-involved shooting that happened over the weekend.

Police said a man called 911, saying he had killed someone at an apartment on Pollack Ave.

When officers arrived, they said they found the man with knives in each hand.

Officers told the man to drop the knives and when he didn’t, an officer shot him in the arm.

The man is expected to survive.

More information, possibly body camera footage, is expected to be released at a 1 p.m. press conference.

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(This story was originally published on January 21, 2020)

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