A day after the Monroe County DA’s Office said the use of lethal force against 19-year-old Christian Hall was justified, the family’s attorneys are responding.
The DA’s Office says Hall approached officers with a pellet gun that looked like a real gun in December.
The family’s attorneys are demanding an independent investigation be done.
Despite the DA’s Office said they reached out to Hall’s family multiple times, the family’s legal team says otherwise.
“ADA Mancuso represented the family refused to cooperate in the homicide investigation. This is factually incorrect. ADA Mancuso was apparently misinformed. The only contact that Christian’s parents had with anyone within law enforcement was on the date in question, at the police barracks. That was when they were told their son was shot and killed,” said attorney Devon Jacob.
The family’s legal team says other methods could’ve been used, like rubber bullets.
They do not believe Hall posed an immediate threat.
They also say Hall was trying to surrender when he put his hands in the air, however the DA’s Office said he was holding what looked like a gun which posed a threat to troopers.
The Hall’s legal team says they are planning a civil suit
Monroe County First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso said 19-year-old Christian Hall posed an imminent threat to law enforcement as he stood on an overpass above Route 80 in Hamilton Township for more than an hour in December with what appeared to be a pistol.
The DA’s Office stated that Hall called 911 and asked to remain anonymous, saying he saw someone who might be suicidal.
In dash cam footage presented by the DA’s Office this morning, State Troopers can be heard asking Hall how they can help him multiple times as he stands on a concrete wall.
Investigators said he eventually pulled out what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol, which turned out to be a pellet gun.
Mancuso said it replicated an actual semi-automatic pistol.
After reviewing dash cam footage, investigators said Hall put down the gun before picking it back up.
The DA’s Office said Hall was ordered around 100 times by troopers to drop the gun.
Troopers can also be heard saying they are not there to hurt him.
“It was clear the last thing they wanted to do was open fire on him,” said Mancuso.
According to the DA’s Office, Hall continued to approach them while holding the pellet gun.
Mancuso said Hall asked troopers if they were trained to shoot if shot at.
And he allegedly told them to “Make it quick” earlier in the incident.
Later, multiple shots are fired and missed. Mancuso said Hall continued to escalate the situation by raising the gun in the air.
Moments later investigators said he was shot three times.
“Frankly it’s a testament to the Troopers that they didn’t shoot sooner because the imminent threat would’ve been apparent the moment he had his hand on the gun,” said Mancuso.
According to the DA’s Office, Hall was suicidal.
They said he posted photos on social media leading up to his encounter with police.
One appears to be taken on the overpass above Route 80 and said “Who would miss me.”
Mancuso delivered a message to Hall’s family this morning.
“We’re sorry for your loss, we can’t imagine the impact that has had on you, we don’t believe you should blame yourself for anything along the lines of what happened. C.J. had a lot of mental health issues and in the end they were too much for him,” said Mancuso.
We reached out to the Hall’s legal team to see if they would like to comment on the presentation. They said they will be holding a press conference tomorrow morning.
The DA’s Office said they reached out to Hall’s family multiple times to speak with them as they investigated the incident, but were rebuffed. Investigators said they had also moved tractor trailers under the overpass to create less distance between the road incase he jumped or fell.
The full presentation by the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office can be viewed here.
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