Video shows deadly encounter between gunman, officers he “ambushed”

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Dramatic surveillance footage released by police in Evansville, Indiana show a nearly hour-long encounter between officers and a man they say targeted them, firing round after round, first from an AR-15 rifle and later from a shotgun, reports CBS affiliate WTTV. The Evansville Police Department released surveillance and body camera footage from the May 11 incident, which they say showed 51-year-old Barry Freeman firing at officers and their vehicles. 

Police said an Evansville detective eventually shot Freeman, who was hit twice in the chest but continued to fire shots after being wounded. He later died at an area hospital.

In a Facebook post, the Evansville Police Department said Freeman “ambushed officers.”

Active Shooter incident May 11, 2018

WARNING- The attached video may be considered disturbing to some viewers. On May 11, 2018, Barry Freeman ambushed officers who responded to a shots fired call in the 2400 block of N. Kentucky Ave. After ambushing officers, Freeman shot and killed a neighbor before being shot and killed by an EPD SWAT Team member. The incident lasted approximately 55 minutes. Freeman fired dozens of rounds from an AR-15 and a shotgun. Four law enforcement vehicles, 4 houses, and two businesses were damaged by gunfire. Fortunately, no officers or deputies were injured. Investigators recovered surveillance video from a neighbor’s house that showed Freeman’s assault on law enforcement. Body worn cameras also captured the event as it unfolded. We have compiled segments of videos that show potions of the incident. WARNING- The video may be considered disturbing to some viewers.

Posted by Evansville Police Department on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A neighbor, Jeffrey Kempf, 56, was fatally shot during the encounter. Police believe Freeman mistook Kempf for a law enforcement officer and shot him. Kempf was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe Kempf was checking on neighbors to make sure they were OK after hearing gunshots.

No deputies or officers were hurt, even though police believe they were Freeman’s intended targets.

Police said Freeman fired dozens of rounds during the encounter. Gunfire from the incident damaged four law enforcement vehicles, four houses and two businesses. One of the police cruisers had 23 bullet holes.

Investigators believe Freeman was specifically targeting police and noted that he didn’t fire at civilian cars that passed by, firing instead at police vehicles.

Surveillance footage from the shooting came from a neighbor’s home, police said. Additional video was from officers’ body cameras.

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