Po­lice: Man fa­tally shot by cop had stabbed woman in dis­pute

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

A man fa­tally shot by an of­fi­cer on Christ­mas Day when he re­fused to drop a knife had stabbed a woman dur­ing an ar­gu­ment, ac­cord­ing a Dis­trict of Columbia po­lice re­port re­leased Mon­day.

Ger­ald Hall, 29, took the woman’s house keys on Satur­day when he left af­ter an ar­gu­ment and let him­self in without per­mis­sion Sun­day. Chante Hill told po­lice that as they ar­gued Sun­day Mr. Hall turned on the gas on the home’s stove, lit pa­per tow­els and pushed her out of the house.

When she got back in­side with an­other per­son ac­com­pa­ny­ing her, Ms. Hill said, Mr. Hall pro­duced a knife and ap­proached Ms. Hill, but the third per­son was able to take the knife. Ms. Hill said Mr. Hall pro­duced an­other knife and stabbed her in the fore­arm.

Af­ter a neigh­bor called po­lice to re­port loud scream­ing, of­fi­cers ar­rived and or­dered Mr. Hall sev­eral times to drop the knife, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. Po­lice said Mr. Hall re­fused and was shot. He died at a hos­pi­tal.

Mr. Hall’s mother, An­gela McCain, told WRCTV that her son went to the home of a woman he was see­ing to pick up Christ­mas gifts for his four chil­dren.

Mr. McCain dis­putes the re­port that her son was armed, and said she thinks po­lice used ex­ces­sive force, ar­gu­ing that they could have used less lethal force, such as a Taser.

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