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Events leading up to the Metro Police officer shooting death of Daniel Hambrick

Metro Nashville Police officer Andrew Delke has been charged with murder in the July 26 shooting death of Daniel Hambrick. Surveillance video released by the DA's office shows Officer Delke shooting Hambrick in the back while Hambrick ran away.

A criminal warrant revealed what Officer Delke was doing prior to encountering Daniel Hambrick.

Officer Delke was newly added to the Juvenile Crimes Task Force. On July 26, he was assigned to search for stolen vehicles and juvenile offenders. The scenario described in the arrest warrant starts with a routine following of a car that the young officer could not have imagined would lead to him walking through jail two months later.

Perhaps the most significant piece of evidence in the homicide case is the video released of the shooting.


But, what events lead up to the end of Daniel Hambrick's life?

While Officer Delke was patrolling North Nashville, he stopped at a stop sign at 10th Avenue North and Ponder Place. Soon after, a white Chevrolet Impala made a stop at the stop sign at 10th Avenue North and Kellow Street.

A criminal affidavit says Delke "became suspicious" when the Impala stopped and conceded the right of way by not pulling out in front of his patrol vehicle. The Impala pulled onto 10th Avenue North and Delke followed behind it to run the license plate.

The affidavit says that's when Delke learned the Impala was not a stolen vehicle. "He continued to follow to see if he could develop a reason to stop the Impala," court documents read. Defense attorney Leah Wilson tells FOX 17 News following a car until it does something illegal and can be pulled over seems frustrating for members of the public, but is not illegal.

Officer Delke turned on his blue lights as the car entered I-65 South at Rosa L. Parks Blvd, but the car reportedly did not pull over. Delke did not engage in a chase, but instead turned off his lights and followed the Impala from a distance.

Reports say Officer Delke saw the car exit I-65 South and turn right onto Charlotte Avenue and that he was unable to see the driver or determine how many people were in the car.

The officer continued driving through a neighborhood, looking for the Impala, but "mistook a different white four door sedan for his target vehicle" in an apartment parking lot. When the officer pulled into the lot, Daniel Hambrick started to run, according to the affidavit.

Delk started chasing Hambrick on foot, yelling commands for Hambrick to stop. Officials say Delke did not know the man he was running after, but believed he may have been connected to the white car that Delke misidentified as being stolen.

Hambrick, followed by Delke, ran through the parking lot toward Jo Johnston. That's when Officer Delke claims he saw a gun in Hambrick's hand.

They continued to run as the officer gave commands like "Stop," "Drop the gun," and "Drop the gun or I'll shoot."

As Hambrick kept running, Delke decided to use force that would end Hambrick's life.


The criminal affidavit states that Delke stopped, assumed a firing position, and aimed his service weapon before unleashing gunfire on Hambrick. Four shots were fired. One hit Hambrick in the center of his back and lodged in his spine. Another went through Hambrick's left torso from back to front. The third bullet made its way through the back of Hambrick's head into the front of his skull. And the last, struck a nearby building.

The Medical Examiner reported that Hambrick was killed by multiple gunshot wounds. After an intensive investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, prosecutors with DA Glenn Funk's office sought homicide charges against Delke in connection to Hambrick's death.

Judge Michael F. Mondelli found probable cause Thursday against Delke, charging him with criminal homicide. The judge's decision is a reversal of a Nashville magistrate who determined there was not enough evidence to charge the officer with Hambrick's killing.

Delke was booked and made his $25,000 bond. The officer, who had been working a desk job with Metro Police, was decommissioned Thursday. His legal team claims Delke will enter a plea of not guilty.

He is expected to appear in court on October 30.



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