33-Year-Old Man Dead After Officer Involved Shooting in Evansville

Rodriguez Pam was shot and killed by officers after he drew a gun and refused to comply with officers orders.

Posted: Nov 9, 2020 5:34 PM
Updated: Nov 9, 2020 7:13 PM

Just after 8:00 Pm on Sunday night, the Evansville Police Department was dispatched to the 1100 block of Cherry Street with reports of a man with a gun attempting to break into homes.

33-year-old Rodriguez Pam was in the backyard of multiple homes with a gun in his hand.

And a person living in one of those homes spotted Pam.

“When Mr. Pam saw the victim, he pointed the gun at her, she immediately grabbed her children and fled upstairs a while calling police dispatch," said Sargaent Nick Winsett of EPD.

And 44News has that scary 9-1-1 call.

Dispatch: "9-1-1"

Victim: "Hey, I got somebody in my backyard with a gun. He’s trying to shoot my dog."

Dispatch: "Okay, has he threatened you with it at all?"

Victim: "He pointed it at me, yes."

Dispatch: "Okay"

Victim: "He’s done cocked it, and I’m pretty sure he’s going to shoot my dog before you all get there."

Two Officers arriving to the scene quickly before Pam could successfully break into a home or fire any shots.

And upon arrival, officers attempting to de-escalate the situation.

“The Officer gave Mr. Pam verbal commands for around 50 seconds without being able to gain compliance,” said Winsett.

Without compliance, the situation getting even scarier, and just moments after refusing to comply, the situation becomes ever more dangerous.

“As the officers were trying to get Mr. Pam to comply, he started reaching into his pants and pulled out a gun, and pointed at the direction of the officers," said Winsett. "Fearing for their lives as well as other potential victims lives, both officers discharged their weapons at Mr. Pam.”

And after firing on Mr. Pam, officers called for an ambulance and checked vital signs for a pulse, but Pam was declared deceased at the scene.

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