Deputies Kevin Hertweck and Tony Toopes were called to the home of 55-year-old, Lindal Johnson, just after 1:00 Tuesday morning.
The deputies went to the home at the request of the Evansville Police Department, which had been investigating a case of criminal mischief at the Marathon Gas Station on Broadway Avenue. Someone at the gas station told police officers that Johnson smashed a window in his car with a golf club. After learning the alleged incident happened on Short Selzer Road, outside of the city limits, deputies were called to investigate further.
Once there, deputies Hertweck and Toopes began talking to Johnson. During their conversation, the deputies say Johnson started to get agitated and aggressive, and at one point, they say he started attacking them with a variety of objects, including a hatchet.
The deputies say they tried, unsuccessfully, to control Johnson with their tasers, and eventually, both fired their weapons, killing him.
Autopsy results from the Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office confirm Johnson died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Deputies Hertweck and Toopes have been temporarily relieved of duty while the investigation into the shooting continues.
We are continuing to follow developments in this case, and will bring you new information as we receive it.