Shooting suspect dies

May 14, 2018


The man accused of a fatal shooting spree that prompted a lock down of an Evansville neighborhood is dead.

Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear announced in an email Monday  that 51-year-old Barry Freeman died Sunday night at Deaconess Midtown Hospital.

The incident began about 9:30 Friday night, in the 2400 block of North Kentucky Avenue in Evansville.

Evansville Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jason Cullum said when officers arrived at the location, they found Freeman in the driveway holding a rifle. Cullum said as more officers arrived, Freeman opened fire hitting police cars but no officers.

Police said Freeman did shoot and kill a neighbor, 56-year-old Jeffrey Kempf during the incident. At least one home was also hit by gunfire.

Police shut down Diamond Avenue and urged residents to shelter in place. Eventually, an officer spotted Freeman coming out of a backyard and shot him. He was taken to Deaconess, where he died two days later.