VIDEO: Fleeing Armed Suspect Shot By Police, Family Claims He Posed No Threat
Nashville, TN – Recently released school surveillance footage captured the moment that a Nashville police officer shot an armed man seen fleeing from a suspected stolen vehicle (video below).
The incident occurred on July 26, when Nashville police noticed a vehicle driving erratically just moments before the driver sped away, WSMV reported.
Just after 7 p.m., Officer Andrew Delke, 25, located the vehicle in the parking lot of the John Henry Hale Apartments.
Three individuals, including 25-year-old Daniel Hambrick, stepped out of the vehicle.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Hambrick “emerged from the vehicle with a firearm in his hand,” and immediately fled the scene, KMOV reported.
Surveillance footage showed Officer Delke as he chased after the armed suspect through the parking lot of the housing complex.
A different camera angle showed Hambrick as he rounded a corner and sprinted across lawns with the officer following close behind.
Officer Delke repeatedly ordered Hambrick to drop the weapon, but he refused, Nashville Fraternal Order of Police President James Smallwood told KMOV.
Officer Delke ultimately shot Hambrick three times, CBS News reported.
Investigators later recovered the suspect’s weapon at the scene, they confirmed in a tweet.
Smallwood criticized the Nashville District Attorney’s Office for releasing the surveillance footage prior to the conclusion of the investigation, and said the union believes that Officer Delke “acted reasonably under the totality of the circumstances,” the New York Post reported.
“To be clear, we would prefer that the entire investigation of this case would have been released in its entirely, rather than piecemeal one at a time,” he noted, further explaining that the “grainy video…in no way paints a complete image of what occurred that day.”
Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk’s office said that the video was released to the public “in an effort to show transparency as much as possible during this investigation,” which was expected to continue for another two weeks, KMOV reported.
Despite the fact that the armed suspect could have easily shot at the officer at any time, Hambrick’s family claimed he posed no risk to anyone and that it's legal to run from the police, according to the New York Post.
“I don’t care if I have a hand grenade in my pocket,” his uncle, Sam Hambrick said, according to the New York Post. “If I’m running away, I can’t be a threat to you.”
“Daniel runs, which is still not illegal – you can run," the Hambrick family’s attorney, Joy Kimbrough alleged during the Wednesday press conference. “The police officer chases him with his gun drawn, and at some point, he slows down, and executes him.”
“I just want justice for my son,” added Hambrick’s mother, Vickie Hambrick. “That’s all I’m asking. And for all the young black guys and young women, I want justice for them. I love them all.”
Officer Delke, a juvenile crime task force officer who graduated from the police academy in December of 2016, has been placed on administrative assignment, as per protocol, Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron told KMOV.
Nashville Mayor David Briley has called for a “comprehensive review” of the department’s procedures in the wake of the shooting, but reiterated that neither he nor Funk had made any determinations regarding Officer Delke’s actions.
"It is absolutely necessary that in this context, we continue to conduct ourselves as a community peacefully and to give the process a chance to reach its final conclusion, while we work hard as a community to improve the way we police in Nashville," Briley told KMOV.
You can watch surveillance footage of the incident in the video below: