EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An Evansville city landbank contractor told police he shot a man who was attacking him Thursday afternoon, Evansville Police spokesman Sgt. Nick Winsett said.
The contractor is a retired city employee who is working as an independent contractor for the landbank, a city official said.
Winsett said the contractor was in the 1700 block of South Fares Avenue when he claims he was attacked by another man. That employee pulled out a pistol and shot the other man.
Winsett said he is not yet able to say it is self-defense, as the incident is still under investigation. The second man was shot in the eye with a 9 mm pistol, Winsett said, but was conscious and able to talk to police. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.
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The alleged shooter immediately called 911 to tell them what happened, Winsett said. That person was not under arrest as of Friday afternoon, but was still being questioned at Evansville Police headquarters.
The Evansville Land Bank was established to foster redevelopment in city neighborhoods by obtaining vacant lots for potential new projects. Developers interested in pursuing a project on a Lank Bank-owned property fill out an application, which is then reviewed by the Land Bank’s board.
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