Andrew Delke, Metro officer charged with murder, enters not guilty plea

Posted at 8:54 AM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 13:44:21-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A decommissioned Metro Nashville police officer, who shot and killed a man during a foot chase in 2018, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder.

Andrew Delke was charged in the shooting death of Daniel Hambrick back on July 26, 2018. He waived his right to appear in court Wednesday morning; however, attorney David Raybin entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.

Delke, a white police officer, is accused of squaring up and firing multiple rounds at the 25-year-old Hambrick, who is black, as he ran away.

In a voluntary, recorded interview, Delke said he fired first because he felt that Hambrick was an imminent threat.

A general sessions judge later ruled that there was enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury. Just last month, Delke was indicted on first-degree murder.

The shooting, which sparked community outrage, also helped lead to the creation of a community oversight board.