Coroner: Shooting spree suspect died of chest wounds

May 15, 2018

An autopsy has been completed on the body of a man shot to death by a police officer during a shooting spree on Evansville’s North Side. 

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office says in an email that 51-year-old Barry Freeman died from two gunshot wounds to the chest.

Evansville Police said an officer shot Freeman in a yard on Joan Avenue near N. Kentucky Avenue Friday night.

Freeman was suspected of fatally shooting 56-year-old Jeffrey Kempf in the 2400 block of N. Kentucky at some point during the spree.

Police believe Kempf came out of his home to see what was happening and was “randomly targeted" by Freeman.

Officers shut down Diamond Avenue and urged nearby residents to shelter in place.

Police said Freeman fired at officers, evaded police, and fired shots at random for about an hour, before an officer spotted him and shot him.

Freeman was taken to Deaconess Midtown Hospital, where he died Sunday night.