Evansville Police Officer Kyle Thiry has been selected as the 2018 SWAT Officer of the Year by the Indiana SWAT Officers Association. Officer Thiry received the award during a ceremony in Indianapolis on Tuesday night. Officer Thiry was selected for the award based on his actions during an active shooter event in the 2400 block of N. Kentucky Ave on May 5th, 2018.
During the incident, a gunman fired multiple shots at police officers who had responded to a shots fired call. Officer Thiry responded to scene after hearing radio traffic from fellow officers calling for assistance.
Officer Thiry was able to position himself near the scene and eventually spotted the armed gunman. Officer Thiry fired two rounds at the suspect from a distance of 65 yards away. Both rounds struck the suspect and ended the incident.
During the incident, one civilian was killed by the gunman. Several law enforcement vehicles were damaged by gunfire. Multiple police officers and deputies were targeted, but no law enforcement officials were injured.
Officer Thiry also received the Gold Merit Award from the Evansville Police Merit Commission for his actions during this incident.
Officer Thiry is an 8 year veteran of the Evansville Police Department. He has previously been recognized for his actions that saved the life of a child who had been struck by a car and his actions when he provided medical care to an off-duty DEA agent who had been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash.