EPD continue search for suspect after firefighter killed

EPD continue search for suspect after firefighter killed

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Police and the Evansville Fire Department spoke about the shooting death of an Evansville firefighter.

Tuesday night, 51-year-old Robert Doerr, was killed in a shooting in the 2700 block of Oakley Street.

Police continue search for suspect after firefighter killed

The Evansville Fire Department held a press conference Wednesday morning.

EFD holds press conference in wake of shooting death of firefighter

The EFD press conference was followed by a press conference by Evansville police.

EPD holds press conference about shooting death of Evansville firefighter

Nearly 24-hours after Doerr’s death, police continue their investigation and search for his killer.

Evansville Firefighter Robert Doerr was shot and killed Tuesday night outside his home on Oakley Street.
Evansville Firefighter Robert Doerr was shot and killed Tuesday night outside his home on Oakley Street. (Source: Evansville Fire Department)

Detectives have been working almost 24 hours on this case, collecting evidence at Doerr’s home and talking to neighbors who heard the shots fired. They are also asking people to come forward with any tips that could help them piece together what happened here.

[Update: Coroner determines cause of death for firefighter killed late Tuesday]

Police say when they found Doerr in front of the home, he’d been shot multiple times. Emergency workers tried to save him but he died at the scene. They say they are not ready to release details on whether or not a weapon was recovered, or who was at Doerr’s home when it happened.

According to police, they interviewed neighbors who heard the shots, but they don’t have any eyewitnesses who saw what happened in this typically quiet neighborhood. As police continue to investigate who did this, they are also offering their support to their extended family at the Evansville Fire Department.

“With everything that our brothers and sisters at the fire department have gone through in the last week, we grieve with them, we struggle with them,” EPD Sgt. Jason Cullum explains. “We saw the reaction they had last night. We called our department chaplains to come to the scene. We made sure our peer support team was activated last night and just interacting with them and offering condolences just doesn’t seem like it’s enough.”

Investigation continues after firefighter shot, killed late Tuesday

If you have any information that may help detectives in this case, call Evansville Police or crime stoppers.

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