A California police officer is facing multiple felony charges for the 2018 shooting death of a man during a slow-speed pursuit, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office said in a Wednesday news release. The announcement came the same day local authorities released new body camera footage of a fatal shooting involving the same officer last month.
Danville police officer Andrew Hall shot Laudemer Arboleda nine times during the 2018 pursuit as Arboleda attempted to slowly maneuver his car between two police vehicles, the news release said.
That pursuit started after officers responded to a call that Arboleda had rung a home’s doorbell and was lingering in the area, the release said. Arboleda then drove away and was stopped after police initiated a traffic stop, after which he drove away from officers who were approaching his vehicle, according to the release. A traffic pursuit ensued, with Hall stopping his car in front of the approaching vehicles, the release said.
“Officer Hall used unreasonable and unnecessary force when he responded to the in-progress traffic pursuit,” District Attorney Diana Becton said in a statement. “Officer Hall’s actions underscore the need for a continued focus on de-escalation training and improved coordinated responses to individuals suffering from mental illness.”
Hall was charged with felony voluntary manslaughter and felony assault with a semi-automatic firearm for the 2018 shooting, according to the release.
Arboleda was shot for acting ‘suspicious,’ family attorney says
Civil rights attorney John Burris, who represents Arboleda’s family, said he welcomed news of the charges.
In a previous statement, Burris described Arboleda as a 33-year-old Filipino American who had “no criminal history, never used drugs and had no history of alcohol abuse.”
“Mr. Arboleda was pursued and ultimately shot and killed for acting ‘suspicious,’ despite having committed no crime whatsoever,” Burris previously said.
Hall was placed on administrative leave during the investigation but returned to the force after the deadly shooting, said Lee Housekeeper, a spokesperson for Burris.
Hall’s bail has been set at $220,000, according to the district attorney’s office.
CNN has reached out to the Danville Police Department and Hall’s attorney for comment on the announcement of the charges.
Hall fatally shot a man last month
Hall fatally shot Tyrell Wilson, a 32-year-old Black man who was carrying a grocery bag and walking by himself toward his homeless encampment, said Burris, who also represents Wilson’s family.
Responding to news of charges in Arboleda’s shooting, Burris said, “The delay in prosecuting Hall is particularly hurtful because Hall recently shot and killed a homeless man, Tyrell Wilson, under very questionable circumstances.”
“Wilson could be alive if Hall had been prosecuted earlier,” Burris added.
Danville Police said Hall approached Wilson on March 11 and tried to talk to him, but “the subject pulled out a folding knife and then opened it.”
While Hall ordered Wilson to drop the knife several times, Wilson “advanced toward the officer,” and Hall discharged his weapon, police said.
The new bodycam video shows the officer asking Wilson to “come here” and Wilson refusing to do so, asking the officer, “who are you?” According to the video, Hall tells Wilson he’s jaywalking and approaches him. Wilson steps back and tells Hall not to touch him, before he is seen pulling out a knife, the video shows.
In the video, Hall tells Wilson to drop the knife and Wilson says, “kill me,” before Hall fires.
The case is still under investigation by the district attorney’s office.
In an email statement to CNN earlier this month, before the body camera footage was released, Hall’s attorney Mike Rains said he believes the Contra Costa County District Attorney “will no doubt carefully weigh the facts of this case, including video evidence Mr. Burris has not seen, and existing law, which authorizes peace officers to use lethal force when a suspect poses an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury, and find no basis to charge a crime.”