Evansville Police: Man fatally shot by officer had hammer

Evansville Police Capt. Andy Chandler says an officer was asking Chanley questions about the traffic accident and wasn’t getting a response when the shooting occurred Monday night.

Posted: Oct 29, 2019 6:51 PM

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Police in southwestern Indiana say a man fatally shot by an officer following a traffic accident was carrying a hammer.

5:30 p.m.

Vanderburgh County’s coroner identified the man as 45-year-old Terry W. Chanley of Wadesville.

Evansville Police Capt. Andy Chandler says an officer was asking Chanley questions about the traffic accident and wasn’t getting a response when the shooting occurred Monday night.

Police say the officer saw Chanley make quick movements like he was reaching for something.

Chandler says Chanley pointed what the officer believed could be a gun and that is when the officer stepped back, gave orders and eventually fired shots.

Chandler says investigators later found the item was a black handled hammer.

Authorities say there is body camera and dash camera video of the incident.

Coroner Steve Lockyear says the investigation into Chanley’s death is in the preliminary stage, adding that an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

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2:40 p.m.

Police say an officer fatally shot a man who was being questioned following a traffic accident in southwest Indiana.

Evansville police say the shooting happened Monday night.

Vanderburgh County’s coroner identified the man as 45-year-old Terry W. Chanley of Wadesville.

Police say an officer who was called to the scene of a crash was told by a witness that something was wrong with the man’s demeanor.

Capt. Andy Chandler says the officer approached and began questioning the man but thought his behavior was “questionable” when he didn’t respond.

Chandler says the officer opened fire when the man-made quick movements and appeared to have an object.

Investigators say they’re trying to determine what that object was.

The officer will be placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.

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