Former MNPD officer Delke to plead guilty to manslaughter in shooting of Daniel Hambrick

Posted at 10:55 PM, July 1, 2021 and last updated 10:55 PM, July 1, 2021

By: Rebekah Hammonds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The trial of former Metro Police Officer Andrew Delke was expected to begin July 12, but it won’t be happening now that Delke is expected to agree to a plea deal in the case.

NewsChannel 5 has learned that Delke is expected to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter, which could carry a 3 to 6-year sentence. It’s possible that Delke could be eligible for parole before his sentence would be completed.

Decommissioned Metro Nashville police officer Andrew Delke. (Photo: SCRIPPS/WTVF)

A plea settlement hearing, which will reveal the full details of the deal, will be held Friday morning at 9 a.m.

NewsChannel 5 Legal Analyst, Nick Leonardo, said the deal is a win for Delke.

“Unequivocally, this is absolutely a victory for the defense,” Leonardo explained. “He was facing life in prison, 51 years in jail, and the fact it’s now come down to a sentence of 3 years, of which he is eligible for parole after service of 15 months, that’s undoubtedly a victory for the defense any way you cut it.”

Delke, who was previously decommissioned, submitted his letter of resignation from the department on Thursday.

Metro Police officer Andrew Delke was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Daniel Hambrick after Delke shot him during a foot chase back in 2018.

Just last week, Judge Monte Watkins issued a ruling allowing all surveillance video in the trial as well as the testimony two use-of-force experts.

Hambrick’s mother, Vicky Hambrick, told NewsChannel 5 that the family was not consulted about the plea and they were very upset to hear the news.

Mayor John Cooper released a statement following news of the deal:

“Our thoughts are with Daniel Hambrick’s family today, who have endured an unspeakable loss. We remain committed to policing reforms and violence prevention in our city.”

Three months ago, Metro City Council approved a $2.5 million settlement for Hambrick’s family. It was a record-breaking police misconduct settlement for the city of Nashville.

His death prompted protests and a renewed push for a Community Oversight Board and police body cameras, which were initially sparked by the death of Jocques Clemmons in 2017.

This story was originally published July 1, 2021, by WTVF in Nashville.

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