Evansville Man Goes on Neighborhood Shooting Spree, Killing One

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

Dramatic surveillance footage released by police in Evansville, Indiana show a almost 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.

Evansville Police Department released footage obtained from a neighbor's security camera shows Barry Freeman, 51, fire several rounds from a shotgun and an AR-15 rifle and then appeared to wait to ambush the responding police officers. Police were originally responding to a 911 call of a different person reporting gunfire, and Freeman began shooting at the police officers when they arrived. Freeman may have believed Jeffrey Kempf was a police officer.

The entire shooting spree lasted about an hour, with Freeman walking through the 2400 block of North Kentucky Avenue firing off rounds. Freeman was taken to a hospital, where he later died, according to CBS News.

"When I say that he was targeting patrol cars, he was targeting patrol cars because he believed there were police officers inside of them".

"Somehow we managed to get through this without any officers being injured", said Sgt. Jason Cullum.

Cullum said that he didn't think police would be able to fully determine a motive and that Freeman had no prior incidents involving police other than a traffic citation. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Gunfire from the incident damaged four law enforcement vehicles, four houses and two businesses.

Private surveillance cameras captured footage of a man in a gun battle with police.

"Officer Thiry is credited with ending Mr. Freeman's rampage that night", he said Tuesday.

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