TBI releases new details about 25-year-old man killed by Metro officer in North Nashville

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A 25-year-old man who reportedly had a gun during a confrontation with Metro police was shot and killed by an officer Thursday night in North Nashville. 

The shooting happened just after 7 p.m. near Jo Johnston Avenue and 17th Avenue North. 

The TBI said Metro Juvenile Task Force officers were in the area looking for stolen cars when they spotted a vehicle “traveling in an erratic pattern.”

An officer attempted to pull the car over but it sped away and officers did not pursue it, according to the TBI. 

An updated version of events from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation follows: 

A short time later, while circulating the parking lot of the John Henry Hale Apartments, near the corner of 17th Avenue North and Jo Johnston Avenue, the officer re-encountered the three male occupants of the vehicle. The video indicates they had exited the vehicle as the officer entered the parking lot. It also indicates one of the three males, likely the driver of the vehicle, Daniel Hambrick, turned and ran from the officer. A foot pursuit ensued for a short time and, at one point, based upon the video, Hambrick appears to have a dark-colored object in his hand. The situation escalated further, for reasons still under investigation, and resulted in the officer firing his service weapon several times, striking Hambrick. 

Hambrick was taken to the hospital but died a short time later.

TBI agents recovered a handgun at the scene. 

Metro Police have identified the officer as Andrew Delke, 25, who joined the police department in 2016. 

(In a previous version of events from Thursday night, police and TBI officials said the car stopped and a man got out of the car with a gun in his hands. That’s when a Metro police officer fired his service weapon several times, striking the man. Police said after Hambrick was shot, another individual drove off in the car. Police found the abandoned car a short distance away. Efforts are continuing to locate the driver.) 

Investigators say the video they have did not capture the entire incident and they are looking for more video. Metro Police officers do not have body cameras.  

Delke has been placed on administrative leave, per protocol following officer-involved shootings.  

The shooting remains under investigation by Metro police and the TBI. 

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