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Man Killed By Police Identified


Authorities have identified the man shot to death by Evansville Police. 

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The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office identified the man as 43-year-old Peter Russell.

The coroner’s office listed two hometowns for Russell: Evansville and Princeton.

The shooting happened Friday afternoon at Stringtown Road and Reis Avenue, where Vanderburgh County sheriff’s deputies attempted to arrest Russell on a federal drug warrant.

Authorities said Russell crashed his car into a police cruiser and a utility pole, and then brandished a machete.

A female passenger complied with orders to leave the vehicle.

Police said Russell then pointed a handgun at an officer and fired before shooting at more officers.

Multiple officers returned fire, hitting Russell.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

One officer was checked out for a minor injury.