At approximately 12:03 a.m. today, the Evansville Police Department was dispatched to the Marathon station located at 2905 Broadway Ave in reference to a criminal mischief report. The reporter alleged that the suspect had smashed a window in his car with a golf club. Upon arrival, EPD officers determined that the alleged incident had occurred at 6011 Short Selzer Road which is outside of the Evansville city limits.
At approximately 1:03 a.m. today, deputies of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the Marathon station to take the report. After meeting with the victim of the criminal mischief, deputies went to the 6011 Short Selzer Road address to follow up on the complaint and look for the suspect, who has been identified as Lindal M. Johnson (DOB: 12/27/56) of the Short Selzer Rd address. The first deputy arrived at the Short Selzer Road address at approximately 1:35 a.m. and the second deputy at 1:38 a.m.
Based upon the initial review of the crime scene, information obtained from involved persons and other sources, it is believed that while the two deputies were talking to the suspect of the criminal mischief, he became agitated and aggressive. The suspect was positioned where he had access to a large array of items that could be and were used as weapons.
While in this aggressive state, the suspect attacked the deputies with a variety of objects including a hatchet. During the attack the deputies deployed their taser devices. The taser devices were not effective in stopping the suspect's aggressive actions. At 1:54 a.m., one of the involved deputies called "shots fired" from the scene. During the altercation, both deputies fired their weapons at the suspect fatally wounding him.
An American Medical Response ambulance and Perry Township Suburban Fire Department were both dispatched to the scene to render emergency medical care to the suspect. Medical personnel determined on scene that the suspect was dead and they would not be able to revive him.
The Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office is scheduled to conduct an autopsy on the decedent today.
The deputies involved were Deputy Kevin Hertweck and Deputy Tony Toopes. In accordance with VCSO guidelines, both deputies were relieved from duty for the remainder of the shift.
At the culmination of the investigation, a case file will be delivered to the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office for their review. A separate administrative investigation is being conducted regarding the deputies actions and their compliance with VCSO policy.
The investigation is ongoing. There is no further information available at this time.
SOURCE: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office News Release - December 4, 2012