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Details emerge about police shooting

Dwayne Von Essen Dwayne Von Essen

Steve Jefferson/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - New information in the form of emergency phone calls is shedding light on a police action shooting that left a southside man dead over the weekend.

An Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer shot and killed Dwayne Von Essen at his South Pennsylvania Street home Saturday night. Von Essen had reportedly assaulted his father, prompting his brother to call 911, who was concerned about his son's safety.

"My little brother just beat the ---- out of my dad and woman, and now he's threatening my mom," the brother told the dispatcher. "He said if any police come he is going to kill you with a hatchet."

A second call to 911 came from Von Essen himself.

"This is 911 and I am going to show you 911 ---- and I am going to let you know, address may be ---- South Pennsylvania," Von Essen said in the call. "But any ---- ---- cop comes here is dead."

"He was armed with a machete as well as a hatchet," Captain Phil Burton said. "He refused our command to drop those weapons. One of our officers fired one shot striking him in the chest."

Von Essen's mother is trying to figure out what made her son snap.

"Something went wrong. We don't know what," Susan Owens said. "He wigged out on something. We don't know if it was physical or something he took oral. We don't know."

Owens hopes an autopsy will explain her son's behavior, and expects results from toxicology tests in a couple of weeks. She is talking to an attorney about civil action against the police department for her son's death.

The officer involved in the shooting is on standard administrative duty while internal affairs investigates the incident.

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