Officer Involved Shooting Incident Heidelbach Ave./Louisiana St.


On May 17th, just after 1:30 p.m., detectives with the Evansville Police Department and Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office witnessed 36-year-old Samuel E. Curry Jr. driving around the area of Heidelbach Ave. and Louisiana St. The detectives were familiar with Curry. They knew he had an active Felony Warrant for Parole Violation, knew Curry is a Serious Violent Felon, a Firearms Offender, and recently made threats to kill several individuals.

Detectives observed Curry park on the gas station parking lot at Heidelbach Ave./Louisiana St. and called for marked patrol vehicles. Several marked patrol vehicles with both Evansville Police Department and Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the parking lot. They parked their vehicles in a way to prevent Curry from driving away. Officers immediately began to give loud, verbal commands to Curry to raise his hands and do not move. Curry yelled back at the officers that he was going to kill himself. Officers then yelled for Curry to show his hands and get out of the vehicle. Curry did not comply.

Curry leaned out the driver’s side window and produced a handgun. Two EPD Officers fired their duty weapons at Curry but he was not struck by the gunfire. Curry threw the handgun back at officers and raised his arms in the air to surrender. Officers gave verbal commands to Curry to get on the ground. Curry did comply with officers at that time and was taken into custody without further incident. No one was injured during this incident.

Once in custody, Curry complained that he was feeling ill so he was taken to a local hospital for medical clearance. Curry did not have any physical injuries, was medically cleared from the hospital, and was transported to EPD Headquarters for an interview. Curry will be transported to the Vanderburgh County Confinement Center. Along with his Felony Parole Violation Warrant, Curry’s charges will include Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon and Felony Intimidation.


  1. I was in my kitchen doing dishes less than 100 yards away from the shooting when I heard hollering and then 10 – 12 shots .
    I’m very glad no innocent citizen was hit by friendly fire .

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