‘Loving, gentle soul’: Family of man shot by Walnut Creek police files civil claim

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WALNUT CREEK (KRON) — Standing in front of her home with her neighbors surrounding her, the mother of 23-year-old Miles Hall told KRON4 her family plans to file a lawsuit against Walnut Creek police.

“Our family is in shock. So there’s not much to say,” she said.

Earlier this month, Taun Hall told police her son was having a mental health challenge.

She says police knew hall suffered from schizoaffective disorder.

“And unfortunately the system is totally broken. We should never be here,” Taun Hall said.

Police were called to Sandra Court. 911 calls reported hall was threatening his mom and grandmother.

When police arrived, they found Miles Hall carrying what appeared to be a crowbar.

Police say that the officers first tried to stop Miles Hall by shooting non-lethal bean bags at him when he refused to put down the weapon.

When he charged at them, the two officers fired their guns, killing the 23-year-old.

“He was the most loving, gentle soul you’d ever meet,” Miles’ mother said.

The family believes the officers did not use proper de-escalation techniques when they arrived on the scene on June 2 and that Miles’ death was preventable.

Miles’ disorder can cause delusions, hallucinations and disorganized speech.

According to John Burris, the family’ attorney, Miles had been showing symptoms of the illness leading up to the incident.

“Miles did not die in vain,” his mother said. “His death should’ve never happened.”

Walnut Creek’s police chief has called this shooting unfortunate and a tragedy.

He says the department release body camera footage when the investigation is complete.

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