Coroner identifies victim in active shooter situation; suspect in custody

Jeffrey Kempf. (Source: Family)
Jeffrey Kempf. (Source: Family)
Published: May. 12, 2018 at 1:51 AM CDT|Updated: May. 22, 2018 at 6:54 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear has identified the victim from the active shooter situation late Friday.

Lockyear said 56-year-old Jeffrey Kempf, of Evansville, died near the 2400 block of North Kentucky Avenue from a gunshot wound. We're told Kempf was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers were dispatched around 9:30 p.m. and when they arrived on the scene, the suspect, 51-year-old Barry Freeman, hid somewhere in the neighborhood. Officers set up a large perimeter on Diamond Avenue, which went from Heidelbach Avenue to Highway 41.

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Shortly after the perimeter was set up, state police and Vanderburgh County sheriff's deputies responded to the scene to help look for Freeman.

We're told Freeman shot at law enforcement. Fortunately, no one was hurt but multiple law enforcement vehicles were struck by bullets.

EPD's Jason Cullum told us one of the officers shot back at Freeman. Freeman was found in a yard near the original ambush and taken to the hospital for unknown injuries.

Cullum said Freeman is under police watch while he is being treated.

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