Evansville Police seeing increase in gun violence

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Evansville police have their guard up after two shootings on Saturday, including one that involved a veteran officer.

"Our officers are facing a lot of threats that many people may not realize," said Sgt. Jason Cullum, Evansville Police.

EPD was called to Carriage Drive Saturday afternoon after reports of people shooting guns at nearby buildings and cars.

Three teens and an adult from St. Louis were arrested and are now facing charges of criminal recklessness and criminal gang activity.   They'll be in court on Monday.

"We've been dealing with our own homegrown gangs for the last few years and now all of a sudden, we spend three or four hours yesterday trying to find gang members from a huge city like St. Louis," said Cullum.

Hours later, around 11:00 p.m., police went on a high speed chase through Evansville that ended with an officer shooting the suspect at Home Life Studios and Suites on North Green River Road.

"The suspect made a series of bad choices that culminated with an officer firing a shot," said Cullum.

The suspect remains in the hospital.

Per EPD policy, the officer is on paid administrative leave for three days.

Evansville police say the shootings are examples of a rise in gun violence.

"The shots fired calls this year are through the roof.  We've had hundreds of them, and it's just the beginning of April," said Cullum.

The violence, police say, is happening all over Evansville.

"A few years ago maybe you could limit it to a certain area of town, but that's not the case anymore," said Cullum.

Police say they're training officers to be prepared for anything and everything.

To protect not only themselves but the entire community.

"You just don't know who those threats are and what they're capable of…to survive those encounters we have to give them the best training possible," said Cullum.

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