NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A white former Nashville police officer who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a Black man from behind as the man was fleeing on foot has been released from jail, his attorney confirmed Thursday.
Andrew Delke had been serving time at a jail facility run by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office. He spent 18 months at the jail, Delke’s attorney David Raybin said.
Last July, Delke pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the...
Hambrick’s mother, Vickie Hambrick, spoke at the parole meeting in Nashville earlier this year and continued to allege that the process leading to Delke’s plea deal had been unfair, secretive and racist. The Hambrick family has said they did not know about the plea deal until after it was done. At the time the deal was announced, Delke was about to face trial for a first-degree murder charge.
Delke’s attorneys have argued the officer followed his training and Tennessee law in response to “an armed suspect who ignored repeated orders to drop his gun.” Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk has countered that Delke had other alternatives, adding that the officer could have stopped, sought cover and called for help.
The shooting caused enough backlash that Nashville voters have since installed a community oversight board for the city’s police department.