EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) – Officials with the Evansville Police Department confirm one person is dead after an officer involved shooting Friday morning.
On Saturday, the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 47-year-old Mauricio Cisneros.
The coroner’s office says their preliminary autopsy results show Cisneros died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.
The shooting happened in the 1300 block of North Third Avenue.
Police say around 10:30 a.m. a man called 911 and told dispatchers “they are killing people.”
Officer Taylor Merriss says police were sent to a home on Third Ave. for a welfare check.
Officials say after they arrived, a woman answered the door. After they entered the home, they say they found the man that called 911.
“Whenever officers got here they entered into the home and a situation occurred inside the home,” Merriss said.
Police say the man had a knife in his hand. According to a release, officers asked the man to put the knife down several times, but he refused.
They say he moved into a second room, where he sat down with a blanket over his hand that was holding the knife. According to a release, the man appeared to be in distress.
Officials say the man then lunged at police. At that moment, officers say a taser was fired at the man, but it failed to subdue him.
Police say the man advanced at officers with the knife still in his hand. That’s when they say a second officer pulled out his gun and shot the man at least one time.
Police say they attempted life-saving measures before AMR arrived, but they were unsuccessful.
EPD officials say the officer who fired his gun will be placed on a three-day, paid administrative leave, which is their policy for any officer involved in a shooting.
The name of the man who was shot and killed has not yet been released.
EPD released body cam footage in its entirety from both officers that were inside the home. Be advised, some people might find that footage disturbing. You can find that here.
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