Fatal shooting case against Nashville officer heads to grand jury

Jan 7, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The case against a white Nashville police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man is headed to a grand jury.

Davidson County General Sessions Judge Melissa Blackburn found probable cause in an order Monday to send officer Andrew Delke's case to the grand jury. Delke is charged in the July shooting of 25-year-old Daniel Hambrick, who had a pistol as he ran from the officer.

Blackburn made the determination after several hours of testimony over two days last week.

Defense attorneys said Delke followed his training and state law when he saw Hambrick had a gun and shot him from behind during a foot chase.

District Attorney Glenn Funk said there were options available, suggesting Delke could have stopped, sought cover, and called for help.