Officer Facing Manslaughter Charges For Fatal Shooting Seen Fatally Shooting Different Person Wielding Knife

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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An officer involved in the fatal shooting of a man in March is facing voluntary manslaughter and assault charges for fatally shooting another man back in 2018, according to authorities.

Danville Police Officer Andrew Hall was charged Thursday for the 2018 death of Laudemer Arboleda after Hall allegedly shot and struck Arboleda nine times during a slow-moving vehicle pursuit, according to the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office.

Hall is charged with felony voluntary manslaughter and felony assault with a semi-automatic firearm for allegedly engaging in unlawful activity and using “unreasonable force” during the incident, according to the district attorney’s office.

“Officer Hall used unreasonable and unnecessary force when he responded to the in-progress traffic pursuit involving Laudemer Arboleda, endangering not only Mr. Arbodela’s life but the lives of his fellow officers and citizens in the immediate area,”District Attorney Diana Becton said. “Officer Hall’s actions underscore the need for continued focus on de-escalation training and improved coordinated responses to individuals suffering from mental illness.”

Officers responded to a call in November of 2018 that Arboleda rang the doorbell of a home and was then seen lingering in the area. Arboleda then drove away from the neighborhood. Officers pulled Arboleda over, but when officers exited their vehicle to approach him, Arboleda drove away, according to the district attorney’s office. (RELATED: ‘You Shoot Us, We Shoot You’: BLM Activists Threaten To Kill Cops ‘Eye For An Eye’ After Columbus Shooting)

Officers gave chase, and maximum speeds of 50 miles per hour were reached, according to the district attorney’s office. Hall, who was not part of the pursuit, stopped his patrol vehicle in front of the oncoming pursuit. As Arboleda began to “slowly maneuver” between Hall’s vehicle and another police vehicle, Hall fired nine rounds at Arboleda, according to the district attorney’s office.

Hall was placed on administrative leave in March after he fatally shot another man, Tyrell Wilson, who the sheriff’s office said had been holding a knife and approaching Hall.

Newly released bodycam footage shows Hall approached Wilson in the middle of an intersection. Hall can be heard asking Wilson to “come here” as Wilson jaywalks across the intersection holding a bag. When Hall gets close to Wilson, Hall alleges Wilson was throwing rocks at vehicles.

Wilson tells Hall to get away from him, video footage shows.

“Touch me and see what’s up,” Wilson can be heard saying.

“Drop the knife,” Hall can be heard saying at least twice before fatally shooting Wilson, who did not appear to be approaching Hall. Wilson was taken to a local hospital where he eventually succumbed to his injuries.

“Officers are forced to make split second decisions to protect themselves and the public and that’s what happened here,” the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office said.

The incident remains under investigation.