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