Convicted child molester shot by EPD officer after reported rape

Convicted child molester shot by EPD officer after reported rape
Mugshot of Michael Anthony Foster from 2017. (Vanderburgh Co. Jail)

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Evansville police have released more information about Wednesday's officer-involved shooting.

Officers responded to an apartment complex in the 4600 block of Spring Valley Road around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday to investigate a sexual assault.

At a Thursday morning news conference, police said the victim in the assault had been violently raped by a man with a gun. The victim was able to give officers a "very good" physical description of the suspect and a first name, "Michael."

Police say the suspect was later identified as 48-year-old Michael Anthony Foster, who police say is a registered sex offender. Foster was convicted of child molesting in 1997.

We're told Foster left the scene after the assault, but the victim reported to 911 that he had threatened to come back and hurt her again later.

Police say Foster did come back to the apartment complex and officers were able to recognize him from the victim's description when they arrived at the scene.

Foster tried to run away and EPD says the officers chased after him. Police say one of the officers chased Foster around a corner where we're told Foster was shot by that officer when he pointed his gun at them.

EPD said body camera video shows about 23 seconds passed between the time Foster returned to the scene and officers told him to put his hands up to shots fired.

Police say the gun was later determined to be a replica. They told us he was shot four to six times.

Foster was taken to the hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds. There's no word on his condition, but he is being held under police guard at the hospital.

We're told the three officers involved in the situation were not hurt.

Police say the initial sexual assault is still being investigated.

They also told us because this is an ongoing investigation, police aren't releasing the name of the officer or the body camera footage right now.

The officer who shot him is on paid administrative leave for at least three days, following EPD protocol.

We'll keep you updated.

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