Body cam, security video helping piece together events during Friday shooting
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Police body cam video just released on Tuesday in that deadly shooting investigation in Evansville is helping piece together the events of that night.
Police say Barry Freeman, 51-years-old, shot and killed 56-year old Jeffrey Kempf and also peppered houses and police vehicles with bullets. This all started around 9:30 p.m. Friday, shutting down Diamond Avenue and North Kentucky.
In addition to that body cam video, police recovered video from a security camera on a home right where Freeman was firing shots. It is important to note here that Detective and SWAT officer Kyle Thiry, who shot the suspect, was not wearing a body cam.
Police say Thiry was on duty as a detective that night and body cams are for patrol officers.
But let's start at the beginning.
This officer, whose name we do not at this time, was one of the first to respond to the shot's fired call. Her car was was riddled with bullet holes.
Police say the lighting conditions made it very difficult for officers to pinpoint where Freeman was staked out. And every time a patrol car came into view, Freeman unloaded.
Until Officer Thiry spotted Freeman looking through a missing part of a wooden fence, fired the two shots that hit him in the chest. Police say they believe Freeman was targeting officers and perhaps, his background played a part in his actions through all this.
"Mr. Freeman was concealed in darkness and as you can see he moved on at a regular basis," EPD Sgt. Jason Cullum explained. "We were told by his son while this event was unfolding that he had prior military experience and based on some of his movements it appeared he was using some training that he may have received."
Police say no officers were hurt. The detective that fired the shots at Freeman has been cleared and will return to work this week.
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