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OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING: JUNE 2, 2019

SUMMARY

On Sunday, June 2, 2019, Walnut Creek Police officers were dispatched to 35 Sandra Court after receiving multiple 911 calls regarding a disturbance at this address.  The first 911 call was received at 4:41 p.m.  The caller said her grandson, later identified as Miles Hall, came into her room and threatened her.  The dispatcher could hear a male voice yelling in the background.  At 4:42 p.m., Walnut Creek Police received a call from a nearby resident, who said he could hear an argument and possibly a gunshot.  At 4:47 p.m., WCPD spoke to a second resident from where the disturbance was occurring. The caller reported her son was being violent and threatened her with a metal pole. The woman said her son had mental health problems and would be aggressive with police.  The woman said he broke a sliding glass window and had a metal pole with a pointed end.

Officers arrived to the area of Sandra Court at 4:52 p.m.   At 4:53 P.M., WCPD dispatch received another 911 call from another resident on Sandra Court.  The caller said a man was pounding on his front door, had a red bandanna over his head and face, and a giant crow bar in his hand.

Officers located Mr. Hall walking towards a resident on Arlene Lane with a long iron pry bar with a pointed end.  (The pry bar was later determined to be 4 feet, 11 inches long, and weighed approximately 13.6 pounds.)  Officers gave multiple commands to Mr. Hall to drop the pry bar.  Mr. Hall ignored those commands, and ran towards the officers with the pry bar in his hand.   Mr. Hall continued to run at officers, disregarding several commands by officers to “stop.”  One officer shot less-than-lethal kinetic energy rounds (also referred to as bean bags) at Mr. Hall as he continued to run at officers and disregard commands.  Mr. Hall was struck by at least three kinetic energy rounds.  Mr. Hall continued to run at the officers with the pry bar still in his hand, resulting in two officers firing their handguns.  Mr. Hall was struck and fell to the ground, but then attempted to get up.  Officers were then able to subdue Mr. Hall, and provided lifesaving measures, including CPR, until paramedics arrived on the scene.  Mr. Hall was transported to John Muir Hospital where he later died from his injuries. 

The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office and the Walnut Creek Police Department immediately commenced  a thorough investigation of the June 2 police shooting.  The Walnut Creek Police Department’s investigation is nearly complete, but will not be finalized until the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s investigation is complete.  Because this is still an active investigation for the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, the Police Department is limited in what information can be released.  When authorized, additional information will be released on this website, which may include criminal reports, administrative reports, search warrants, measurements, copies of digital and documentary evidence, including photographs and videos, the Contra Costa County Coroner Autopsy report, automated vehicle locator information and other related investigation materials.

Click Here to view an Informational Briefing Video that includes audio from 911 calls, radio transmissions between officers and dispatch, video from officers’ body-worn cameras and a surveillance camera, as well as additional information.

Click Here to review a timeline listing investigative benchmarks related to this incident.

 

PRESS RELEASES

June 2, 2019 (Initial)

June 5, 2019 (Statement from Chief of Police)

June 14, 2019 (Update)

June 25, 2019 (Update)

 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

July 23, 2019 – City Manager Buckshi and Chief Chaplin met with representatives of the Friends of Scott and Taun Hall at City Hall.  Topics discussed included: request for a community forum, mental health response, police critical incident training, administrative leave, and how to move forward. Pertinent policies and the past two years of officer training schedules were provided.   

Sept. 20, 2019– City Manager Buckshi, Chief Chaplin, Assistant City Manager Kilgore, Communications and Outreach Manager Burkhart, Captain Hill, and Executive Lieutenant Reese met with representatives of the Friends of Scott and Taun Hall at City Hall.  Topics discussed included planning for a community forum and possible format, police policy review, identifying innovative training for police response to incidents involving mental health incidents, administrative leave, and identification of City and Police staff for focus groups. 

 

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY CORONER AUTOPSY REPORT

A copy of the Contra Costa County Coroner Autopsy Report will be made available after the Coroner’s Inquest has been completed and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office has rendered a final decision.  

 

RELATED POLICIES

WCPD Crisis Intervention Incidents Policy

WCPD Officer Involved Shooting Policy 

WCPD Use of Force Policy

Contra Costa Law Enforcement Involved Fatal Incident Protocol

 

STATUS

This is an ongoing investigation and will conclude after the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office has rendered a final decision.   The District Attorney’s Office is expected to complete its investigation into this matter by the end of February, 2020.  Once completed, both the District Attorney’s investigation and the Walnut Creek Police Department’s internal investigation will be publicly available on the this website.

 

RELEASE OF INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS AND RECORDS

The reports and records will be populated once authorized.  The reports and records may include, but are not limited to:

POLICE REPORTS

CALL LOGS
PHOTOS
TOXICOLOGY REPORTS
AUDIO AND VIDEO