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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A man who was shot to death by an Evansville police officer Monday night was approaching the officer with a hammer. That is what Evansville Police Capt. Andy Chandler said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. 

45-year-old Terry Chanley of Wadesville was identified as the man that was fatally shot. 

Capt. Chandler says his officers were responding to a crash on the east side of Evansville, and checking on Chanley. 

The officer says it was visibly obvious that Chanley was on something, and refused to answer questions. Chanley then reached under his seat, grabbed something, and pointed it at the officer. 

Believing it was a gun, the officer backed up, drew his gun and gave orders for Chanley to drop the weapon. Chanley refused, and “aggressively” moved towards the officer. That’s when shots were fired. 

It was later identified that the weapon Chanley pointed at the officer was a black hammer. 

Capt. Chandler says the officer, whose name is not being released right now, acted in a legal manner. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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