Update : Officer Involved Shooting 1700 blk S Evans Ave.

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 On October 25th, around 5:42 p.m., Evansville Police Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Cross St. in reference to a Disorderly Conduct. The caller stated that the subjects were fighting and threw a fish tank out the door. 

Around 5:55 p.m., the responding EPD Officer arrived on scene and made contact with a female who was walking out of an apartment. She told the officer that everything was fine. Another female who was inside of the apartment, closed the door when the officer tried to speak with her. The officer did not witness any injuries on either female and since the parties had separated on their own, the officer left the scene. 

At 6:02 p.m., Dispatch received another 911 call about a person with a gun. The caller saw the same female, who had been involved in the earlier Disorderly Conduct run, walking outside towards the park carrying a gun. The female was described as a white female wearing a multi-color hoodie with black leggings. 

At 6:08 p.m., a responding EPD officer encountered the female walking in the 1700 block of S. Evans Ave. The officer stops his squad car, opens his car door, and tells the female to stop. The female turns around and looks at the officer but continues to walk away. The officer tells her at least 3 more times to come back to him. The female eventually complies and walks toward the officer. She was carrying a basketball under her right arm. The female starts reaching into her jacket pocket with her left hand. The officer yells at the female to stop reaching 

two separate times but she continues to dig into her pocket. The officer pulls out his duty weapon and points it at the female. The female pulls out a gun from her pocket and holds it down to her side. The officer yells at the female to drop the gun but instead, it appears that she tries to hide the gun behind her back. The female then brings her arm up in a motion as if lifting the gun. At that time, the officer discharged his duty weapon. The female was shot, fell to the ground, and landed on the gun. 

For officer safety purposes, an EPD K9 was used to separate the female away from the gun so officers could safely approach her to render first aid. Officers, including an EPD Tactical Medic, rendered first aid to the female until AMR and Evansville Fire Medics arrived on scene. They also attempted life-saving measures, but the female was pronounced dead at the scene. No other individuals were injured during this incident. 

Per protocol, the officer was taken to a local hospital for a blood draw. Our EPD Peer Support Team was called in to be with our officer during the process. 

The gun was recovered from the scene and was determined to be a Smith & Wesson airsoft gun. It was photographed and collected from the scene. The gun looked like a revolver and did not have any type of orange or bright color tip. 

The name of the female may be released by the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office at a later time.