VIDEO: Fleeing Armed Suspect Shot By Police, Family Claims He Posed No Threat

A man armed with a pistol was fatally shot as he ran from police after fleeing from police.

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:

Comments (25)
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gfc1963
gfc1963

He's not a threat because he is running away? Well thats okay then. Any crimninal that runs form the cops, just let them go because they're not a threat!! What a pussy statement. Don';t carry a gun and don't run and you won't get shot.

angeljako
angeljako

He refuse to drop the weapon when the police oderered so. That's why he got shot.

Aaron57
Aaron57

Last I checked, running from the police IS a crime...

javelina1
javelina1

You could argue that he isn't a threat to the "officer" when running away but that is not the only issue here. He is in fact, a threat to the people in the community while he is armed. He obviously had intent with that weapon or he wouldn't have possessed it. A reasonable person could believe that since he is armed, he could use that weapon on someone else, such as a bystander who suddenly becomes a hostage. The Use of deadly force is not limited to whether or not he is a threat to the officer, but a threat to "anybody" and not that they might kill them, but that they would also pose serious bodily harm or a threat to. The criteria is met.

JBo
JBo

"...and that it's legal to run from the police"... while carrying and displaying a gun after fleeing from the stolen vehicle he was in and evading arrest. I didn't see this last part attached to the quoted first part so I just wanted to make sure that's what the family meant. By the way, where was the family while the 25 year old man was growing up? You know...family values, responsibility, work ethic and that kinda stuff?

LEO0301
LEO0301

"Justice for them" is code for "winning ghetto lotto".

cabman86
cabman86

Fleeing felon clause

LynnSB
LynnSB

So let me get this straight - THREE Men in a STOLEN CAR - ONE Police Officer -- they Flee the Car - ONE W~ GUN -- Officer Orders the Man w~ GUN to drop it SEVERAL TIMES and he does NOT - Officer finally Shoots Man w~ Gun -- Man w~ Gun now Dead -- Now Mother of Man w Gun "“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" -- BULL SHIT ~~ SHE WANTS A BIG PAY DAY !!! He got what he deserved !! Don't STEAL Don't Run From POLICE and DON"T HAVE A GUN !!!! KARMA AHOLE !!

Budman
Budman

A thug with a gun running from the police IS a threat to the community!! Officer did what he needed to do!!

2A SUPPORTER
2A SUPPORTER

IF THE POLICE DIDN'T CHASE & STOP HIM, AND HE LATER SHOT SOMEONE WITH THE PISTOL ... THE POLICE WOULD BE YELLED AT. .... THE POLICE STOPPED AN ARMED MAN RUNNING FROM THEM AND THRU A NEIGHBORHOOD , AND THE POLICE ARE YELLED AT ... EITHER WAY, THE POLICE GET YELLED AT.

The express
The express

This is the mother's fault.She did a lousy job raising her son.Now she is going to look for a payday. Mr.Mayor you should be standing there telling people that you should not be running around the town with guns because this is what will happen to you. Let them know that the job of the police is to first protect the law-abiding citizens.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Innocent my hairy butt......he had a gun, he was a threat. Momma failed him as a parent, and now she's looking for a payout. Cop did what he is paid to do!

Grog
Grog

Well, it's not legal to run from the police with a gun in your hand after exiting a stolen car! If he was raised right, mommy wouldn't be calling for justice for her little thug and all the other thugs she referred to.

Righton17
Righton17

What part of complying, or do not carry an illegal weapon, or do not steal cars or commit other serious felonies do these clowns not understand. You steal my car and I catch you, chances are, especially if you have a gun, I will shoot you. No questions asked.

overwatcher
overwatcher

In one second the thug could have turned and shot the cop, literally one second. I feel sorry for the cop because Nashville, the city where I grew up in the 1960s and a fine place to grow up in it was, has been run by leftists for years. Under all the glitter on the surface, thug crime is out of control. "They" are going to railroad this young cop into jail. "They", the whites running the city, are afraid of the NAACP, and of all the activists involved in this mess. If the cop had let him go he wouldn't be doing his job and if he had continued his chase his life would have been risked. This was a no win situation. The cop will be sacrificed to appease black outrage and that won't be enough.

SgtRock
SgtRock

Mother of thug: "My baby dindu nuffin". "Somebodies gonna pay".

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

The problem is already obvious!! His single mother did a piss poor job raising this thug!! Because no where in the story does it mention a father, as usual. And all these "he didnt du nuffin" single mothers meaning of justice is a ghetto lottery. And what's even sadder, is even if the officer or officers are found to have followed procedure and did nothing wrong, if the thugs family screams enough, they will still get hush money. Just like how the thugs & their families now run Shitcago!! There's the story where 3 MEN, not kids, were arrested for breaking in and stealing near the railway. The community ( which is nothing but thugs) screamed about it being unfair bait because there we're Nike shoes in there. Now, the truck was sealed so how did these thieves know what was in there?? But because they screamed about it, all 3 MEN were let go. There's only 2 ways to eventually change the tide with this.......

  1. Stop allowing women to have children if they can't financially support them!!
  2. Much harsher penalties to crimes & making sure they are enforced!! No leniency!!
61mouse
61mouse

Scumbammas son

preacheral
preacheral

Very simple, Cop says stop or I will shoot, you stop

FRANCIN
FRANCIN

THIS IS NOT NORMAL TO BE AFRAID OF POLICE ..UNLESS YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE..

bluedog_2g2
bluedog_2g2

Another case of failing to comply with an officer's lawful order, resulting in the suspect's untimely death.

Hawk3699
Hawk3699

You have a gun, you are a threat.