Andrew Delke was indicted by a Davidson County Grand Jury on a first-degree murder charge Friday.
The decision came after preliminary hearings. Davidson County General Sessions Judge Melissa Blackburn sent the case to a Grand Jury last week.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys spent two days arguing evidence in the case against Officer Andrew Delke.
Delke shot and killed Daniel Hambrick on July 26, 2018 after Hambrick ran from the officer.
Prosecutors emphasized that Hambrick was shot in the head while the defense maintained Delke followed police protocol and his training.
The prosecution maintains Delke’s use of force was unjustified, highlighting time and again that Hambrick was shot in the back while running away from the 25-year-old officer.
District Attorney Glenn Funk released a statement after the indictment:
Today, the Grand Jury, an independent body of 13 citizens of Davidson County, returned an indictment charging Andrew Delke with First Degree Murder for the fatal shooting of Daniel Hambrick. The case will now proceed in the Criminal Court of Davidson County and, as it is a pending case, I will not be able to comment further about the facts and evidence.
The Nashville Fraternal Order of Police released a statement regarding the charges.
Today’s politically-motivated charges against Officer Delke are no surprise given District Attorney Funk’s failure to allow this case to be viewed through a lens of transparency where all the facts can presented. Officer Delke lawfully defended his life after a convicted felon pointed a loaded, military grade semi-automatic weapon at him and refused commands to drop the gun. That’s not a crime; it’s what Officer Delke and every other police officer in America is trained to do to protect their life and others. As this process moves forward, we intend to ensure that Officer Delke gets the rigorous defense he deserves. We’re confident that, in the end, he will be cleared of these charges
Andrew Delke’s attorney David Raybin issued a statement after the indictment as well:
I understand that the District Attorney has obtained an indictment from the Grand Jury. Officer Andrew Delke will continue to defend himself on the basis that he acted in accordance with his training and Tennessee law in response to an armed suspect who ignored repeated orders to drop his gun. Officer Delke appreciates the outpouring of support he has received from members of the community who understand the difficult and often life-threatening situations faced by our police officers every day.
While no citizen looks forward to a trial on allegations such as this, Officer Delke and his defense team will trust in the jury system. We will enter a plea of not guilty to this charge.
Delke is currently free on $25,000 bond.