CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – In a press conference Wednesday, Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton announced the charges in a case involving Danville police officer Andrew Hall.
“In this case, Officer Hall killed without lawful excuse of justification.”
Charges include felony voluntary manslaughter and felony assault with a semi-automatic firearm and unreasonable force used during the shooting of Laudemer Arboleda in 2018.
Attorney John Burris who represents Arboleda’s family in a civil suit is pleased charges have been filed.
“Mr. Arboleda was trying to squeeze by between cars. He wasn’t trying to hit anyone, and this officer who could have put himself in the position of safety decided to shoot into the car 9 times an unarmed man.”
Though Burris wishes the charges had been filed sooner.
“If prosecution had taken place earlier this officer would have been off the street and would not have been in the position to kill my latest client.”
Hall is currently on administrative leave for fatally shooting Tyrell Wilson on March 11, 2021.
According to police, Hall first tried to talk to Wilson, but shot him after Wilson pulled a knife and refused to drop it.
Officials released body-camera footage from the incident on Wednesday.
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Hall’s bail for the alleged offenses is $220,000.
The legal team representing Hall released the following statement.
“This case is tragic and we extend our condolences to Laudemer Arboleda’s family for their loss.
However, it is my understanding that the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office originally deemed Deputy Hall’s use of force as justified given the fact that he was defending himself from a lethal threat. The timing of their sudden reversal in deciding to file charges seems suspect and overtly political.
We will vigorously defend Deputy Hall and also fight to ensure his constitutional right to due process in this environment.”