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Family questions police shooting of Amber Alert suspect

Clyde Evans Clyde Evans
Andrea is safely recovered. Andrea is safely recovered.

Jennie Runevitch/Eyewitness News

April 28, 2006 - There are questions following the violent ending of an Amber Alert. A man was shot and killed by police Thursday as his two-year-old was just inches away.

Family and friends gathered at the Evans Seymour home to celebrate the safe return of a little girl. Two-year-old Andrea Evans was the subject of an Amber Alert Wednesday after her father, Thomas Evans, abducted her.

The homecoming is tempered by how her rescue ended: in police gunfire and her father's death.

"This is not justified. It was all wrong. The boy was coming in and all he wanted to do was tell his part of the story and he didn't get a chance," said Clyde Evans, Thomas Evans' father.

Police say Evans was at a restaurant with Andrea when someone recognized his car and called 911. When police arrived, they say Evans tried to drive away until they boxed him in. That's when police say Evans held up a gun, loaded and trigger cocked.

"They began giving him verbal commands to relinquish the weapon, drop the weapon, and he chose not to follow those commands," said Chief Craig Hayes, Seymour police.

So three officers, two with Seymour police, one a state trooper, opened fire. Evans had multiple bullet wounds with a fatal shot in the chest.

"Officers at that location were in fear for not only their own lives but also the life of the little two-year-old girl and I believe that the action they took was appropriate action," said Chief Hayes.

But Evans' father says his son didn't have to die. "He didn't have a chance. He didn't have a chance to get out - and here's a baby in a car seat and they open up fire and shot holes through that car," Evans said.

The three officers are on paid leave while police investigate the shooting, which they say could have been avoided if Evans had surrendered himself and his daughter peacefully.

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