Former Metro officers: video of Hambrick shooting isn’t enough proof

 

Three former Metro Police officers, all trained on the deadly use of force, said that the video showing the shooting of 25-year-old Daniel Hambrick by a Metro Police officer isn’t enough proof to show that deadly force was necessary.

The three officers reviewed the video and spoke on anonymity to the News4 I-Team because of their ongoing ties to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

Hambrick, who is black, was shot and killed on July 26 by officer Andrew Delke, who is white.

Several different camera angles capture the last moments of Hambrick’s life.

Hambrick and two others fled from a car that police suspected may have been the same vehicle seen driving erratically earlier and fleeing from police.

One camera angle shows the parking lot of the John Henry Hale Apartments, where Hambrick can be seen running from Delke.

Another angle shows Hambrick run around a corner with Delke pursuing, and a close examination of the video shows he has something in Hambrick’s hand, but it is unclear what.

The two then run past a tree that obscures that particular camera.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said investigators believe Hambrick was carrying some kind of dark object, but it is unclear from the video if it was a gun.

A gun was found at the scene of the shooting, but it is unclear if it was Hambrick’s weapon, according to DeVine.

Another camera angle from nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School is from much further away but captures the actual shooting.

The video is grainy, but Hambrick can be seen running and appears at one point looking back to the officer, but not motioning towards Delke.

The video shows Delke fire at Hambrick in the back as he is running away and Hambrick falls to the ground and doesn’t move.

The three former Metro officers who reviewed the videos said they don’t show that Hambrick demonstrating he was a threat to the officer or to people nearby.

The former officers said in order to use deadly force, a suspect must demonstrate he is going to harm an officer to others in the vicinity.

The former officers said that Delke must now demonstrate why he considered Hambrick to be a deadly threat.

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