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Authorities identify subject, officer from Danville police shooting

Same sheriff's deputy who fatally shot another man in downtown Danville in 2018

Two days after a police shooting in Danville, authorities on Saturday identified the man who remains in critical condition with a gunshot wound as well as the sheriff's deputy who fired the shot on Thursday -- the same officer who pulled the trigger in a fatal police shooting in downtown Danville in 2018.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office alleges Tyrell Wilson, a 32-year-old transient, was throwing rocks onto Interstate 680 from the Sycamore Valley Road overpass and then approached responding Danville police Officer Andrew Hall with a knife in hand, refusing to drop the weapon.

Hall, a sheriff's deputy assigned to the Danville Police Department under the town's contract with the county for police services, fired his duty weapon and hit Wilson one time, causing serious injuries, according to the sheriff's office.

Wilson remains in critical condition at an area hospital as of Saturday evening, officials said.

Hall, who has worked the past 7-1/2 years as a law enforcement officer, has been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy while the sheriff's office and Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office conduct their investigations, officials said.

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Hall is the same Danville police officer who fatally shot 33-year-old Newark resident Laudemer Arboleda at close range while Arboleda tried to drive around police vehicles trying to block his path in downtown Danville on Nov. 3, 2018.

Arboleda's mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court alleging the fatal shooting was unjustified given the circumstances of the incident, including that Arboleda was experiencing a mental health crisis.

The outcome of the DA's office investigation in that case is still pending. It was not immediately clear when Hall was cleared to return to full active duty after the Arboleda case.

"Our criminal investigation into the Arboleda shooting is ongoing. A public report would be released if no charges were filed against the officer. I don't have a timeline of when our investigation would be complete," said Scott Alonso, spokesperson for the DA's office.

These were reported to be the town's first officer-involved shootings since 2001.

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Thursday's incident unfolded around 11:45 a.m. when Danville PD received multiple reports from motorists that someone was tossing rocks onto I-680 from the freeway overpass at Sycamore Valley Road, according to the sheriff's office.

Officer Hall arrived at the scene and attempted to approach the person in question -- later identified as Wilson, who officials said is homeless and living in the area of the nearby Sycamore Valley Park and Ride.

Sheriff's officials allege Wilson responded to Hall's advance by pulling out and opening a folding knife. The officer reportedly ordered Wilson to drop the knife several times.

Authorities said Wilson refused to comply and began to advance toward the officer, who fired his weapon and struck the man once. It is unclear how many shots were fired.

A wounded Wilson was taken to a local hospital for treatment that afternoon. According to the sheriff's office, he was listed in critical condition as of Saturday evening.

Sheriff's officials released a photograph with their press release on Thursday which they said showed the transient approaching the officer knife in hand. The photograph appeared to be pulled from a police body camera; the video footage of the incident has not been released.

The shooting is being investigated by the sheriff's office and the DA's office, under the county's officer-involved shooting protocol. Anyone with additional information on the shooting is asked to contact the investigators through dispatch at 925-646-2441 or at 925-313-2600. For any tips, email [email protected] or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

The news of Hall's involvement in a second police shooting in less than 2-1/2 years sparked a strong reaction from an attorney at the Law Offices of John L. Burris, which represents the Arboleda family.

Attorney Melissa Nold tweeted on Saturday night, "Danville PD Officer Andrew Hall murdered my client’s son, Laudemer Arboleda in 2018. Officer Hall shot another man on Thursday. That’s what happens when you refuse to discipline or charge an officer when they murder an innocent man."

Arboleda's death occurred in the wake of a suspicious circumstance call on Nov. 3, 2018, when a resident in a neighborhood near downtown Danville called police to report a man acting strangely, walking toward several homes with bags in his hands and then circling the neighborhood in his car that Saturday morning, police said at the time.

Danville police officers soon tracked down the vehicle in question but said the driver -- later identified as Arboleda -- immediately drove away from police. A short pursuit ensued before other officers parked their cars at a downtown intersection in an attempt to box in Arboleda's car.

As Arboleda tried to drive around the car blockade at a slow speed, Hall was exiting his police cruiser and running toward a gap in the police cars, according to sheriff's video footage from that day. When the evasive car was only a few feet from him, Hall began to backpedal and fired approximately 10 shots into the moving vehicle. Arboleda died at the scene.

Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston defended the deputy later that month, saying the case involved "a dangerous and reckless person trying to run down and murder a police officer." The sheriff also discounted the family's allegation that race was a factor in Hall's decision to fire at Arboleda, who was of Filipino descent.

The civil rights lawsuit filed by Arboleda's mother alleges Hall used excessive force and was unreasonable in firing at a slow-moving vehicle in downtown at a man experiencing a mental health crisis. The suit also questions whether Arboleda's skin color factored into the officer's decision to use lethal force.

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Authorities identify subject, officer from Danville police shooting

Same sheriff's deputy who fatally shot another man in downtown Danville in 2018

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Sat, Mar 13, 2021, 7:25 pm
Updated: Sun, Mar 14, 2021, 3:55 pm

Two days after a police shooting in Danville, authorities on Saturday identified the man who remains in critical condition with a gunshot wound as well as the sheriff's deputy who fired the shot on Thursday -- the same officer who pulled the trigger in a fatal police shooting in downtown Danville in 2018.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office alleges Tyrell Wilson, a 32-year-old transient, was throwing rocks onto Interstate 680 from the Sycamore Valley Road overpass and then approached responding Danville police Officer Andrew Hall with a knife in hand, refusing to drop the weapon.

Hall, a sheriff's deputy assigned to the Danville Police Department under the town's contract with the county for police services, fired his duty weapon and hit Wilson one time, causing serious injuries, according to the sheriff's office.

Wilson remains in critical condition at an area hospital as of Saturday evening, officials said.

Hall, who has worked the past 7-1/2 years as a law enforcement officer, has been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy while the sheriff's office and Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office conduct their investigations, officials said.

Hall is the same Danville police officer who fatally shot 33-year-old Newark resident Laudemer Arboleda at close range while Arboleda tried to drive around police vehicles trying to block his path in downtown Danville on Nov. 3, 2018.

Arboleda's mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court alleging the fatal shooting was unjustified given the circumstances of the incident, including that Arboleda was experiencing a mental health crisis.

The outcome of the DA's office investigation in that case is still pending. It was not immediately clear when Hall was cleared to return to full active duty after the Arboleda case.

"Our criminal investigation into the Arboleda shooting is ongoing. A public report would be released if no charges were filed against the officer. I don't have a timeline of when our investigation would be complete," said Scott Alonso, spokesperson for the DA's office.

These were reported to be the town's first officer-involved shootings since 2001.

Thursday's incident unfolded around 11:45 a.m. when Danville PD received multiple reports from motorists that someone was tossing rocks onto I-680 from the freeway overpass at Sycamore Valley Road, according to the sheriff's office.

Officer Hall arrived at the scene and attempted to approach the person in question -- later identified as Wilson, who officials said is homeless and living in the area of the nearby Sycamore Valley Park and Ride.

Sheriff's officials allege Wilson responded to Hall's advance by pulling out and opening a folding knife. The officer reportedly ordered Wilson to drop the knife several times.

Authorities said Wilson refused to comply and began to advance toward the officer, who fired his weapon and struck the man once. It is unclear how many shots were fired.

A wounded Wilson was taken to a local hospital for treatment that afternoon. According to the sheriff's office, he was listed in critical condition as of Saturday evening.

Sheriff's officials released a photograph with their press release on Thursday which they said showed the transient approaching the officer knife in hand. The photograph appeared to be pulled from a police body camera; the video footage of the incident has not been released.

The shooting is being investigated by the sheriff's office and the DA's office, under the county's officer-involved shooting protocol. Anyone with additional information on the shooting is asked to contact the investigators through dispatch at 925-646-2441 or at 925-313-2600. For any tips, email [email protected] or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

The news of Hall's involvement in a second police shooting in less than 2-1/2 years sparked a strong reaction from an attorney at the Law Offices of John L. Burris, which represents the Arboleda family.

Attorney Melissa Nold tweeted on Saturday night, "Danville PD Officer Andrew Hall murdered my client’s son, Laudemer Arboleda in 2018. Officer Hall shot another man on Thursday. That’s what happens when you refuse to discipline or charge an officer when they murder an innocent man."

Arboleda's death occurred in the wake of a suspicious circumstance call on Nov. 3, 2018, when a resident in a neighborhood near downtown Danville called police to report a man acting strangely, walking toward several homes with bags in his hands and then circling the neighborhood in his car that Saturday morning, police said at the time.

Danville police officers soon tracked down the vehicle in question but said the driver -- later identified as Arboleda -- immediately drove away from police. A short pursuit ensued before other officers parked their cars at a downtown intersection in an attempt to box in Arboleda's car.

As Arboleda tried to drive around the car blockade at a slow speed, Hall was exiting his police cruiser and running toward a gap in the police cars, according to sheriff's video footage from that day. When the evasive car was only a few feet from him, Hall began to backpedal and fired approximately 10 shots into the moving vehicle. Arboleda died at the scene.

Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston defended the deputy later that month, saying the case involved "a dangerous and reckless person trying to run down and murder a police officer." The sheriff also discounted the family's allegation that race was a factor in Hall's decision to fire at Arboleda, who was of Filipino descent.

The civil rights lawsuit filed by Arboleda's mother alleges Hall used excessive force and was unreasonable in firing at a slow-moving vehicle in downtown at a man experiencing a mental health crisis. The suit also questions whether Arboleda's skin color factored into the officer's decision to use lethal force.

Comments

D
Registered user
Danville
on Mar 14, 2021 at 7:12 am
D, Danville
Registered user
on Mar 14, 2021 at 7:12 am

This was a completely legal and moral shooting by the police officer, in self defense. Why is it in today's environment the media ignores the dangerous actions by the criminal, and what a threat it was to the public, and instead loves to play monday morning quarterback, questioning everything the police do to protect law abiding citizens from the actions of these criminals? There have been reports that this criminal may have been the same person police were looking for in seriously injuring others in Contra Costa by previously throwing bricks and rocks from overpasses at vehicles. If this officer did not arrive and stop this criminal, how many more innocent people would have been injured? Commit a crime, and then pull a knife on the police, there will be consequences. Thank you, officer, for risking your life to keep us law abiding citizens safe.


Paul Clark
Registered user
Danville
on Mar 14, 2021 at 9:36 am
Paul Clark, Danville
Registered user
on Mar 14, 2021 at 9:36 am

"Registered User" wrote: "This was a completely legal and moral shooting by the police officer, in self defense."

I wonder just how he/she knows this? There will be a extensive investigation that will determine whether the use of deadly force was justified. For me, it is concerning that this same officer shot and killed another citizen less than two years ago. And I ask myself just what are the odds of an officer having to use deadly force twice in that timeframe. And that the family of the dead citizen is suing for wrongful death. We all should be concerned about the possibility that this particular officer reaches for his gun too quickly.


D
Registered user
Danville
on Mar 14, 2021 at 2:12 pm
D, Danville
Registered user
on Mar 14, 2021 at 2:12 pm

@Paul Clark: You asked how do I know this was a completely legal and moral justified shooting, and you are concerned that this officer was sued for wrongful death, and that he "may reach for his gun too quickly".

First, we have all seen the body cam photo, attached to this article, showing the criminal with the knife out in attack position, so it is undisputed that he not only ignored the officer's command to surrender but also pulled out a knife. When a criminal ignores an officer's command to surrender and then escalates the situation by pulling a knife on the officer, the officer is completely legally and morally justified in shooting him in self defense. The officer only shot him once, which is appropriate for this dangerous situation.

Second, there is no relevance what so ever that this officer has been sued for wrongful death. Anyone can sue anyone over anything in this state, and there are many attorneys who routinely file questionable lawsuits, hoping to try their cases in the media, rather than in a court of law, hoping for a quick settlement. Simply being sued for something means nothing, and in today's climate most officers will ultimately be sued no matter what they do, as it is an occupational hazard.

Third, as to your claim that this officer "reaches for his gun too quickly", what would you prefer he reach for when a criminal ignores his command to surrender and instead escalates the situation by pulling a knife on the officer? This is a very busy intersection, with many pedestrians walking near the overpass where this criminal was throwing rocks and objects at passing by cars. If this officer did not act, this criminal could have stabbed the officer or a pedestrian, or tried to car jack a vehicle, or some other dangerous activity that would have be a threat to law abiding citizens. If the officer paused, and this criminal threw another rock over the overpass, he could have killed someone driving. Stop supporting criminals!


Paul Clark
Registered user
Danville
on Mar 14, 2021 at 8:40 pm
Paul Clark, Danville
Registered user
on Mar 14, 2021 at 8:40 pm

To the Anonymous D: Unlike you, I use my real name. It does seem strange since you appear to have "all the answers." Unlike you, I don't claim to have any answers at this juncture.
But some of your comments are amazing to me.

1. I don't support criminals, but I do support justice and the appropriateness of force deployed in proportion to the threat presented. The rock thrower did not represent a threat to anyone except the officer when confronted. As near as I can tell, when he was shot, he was advancing on the officer, and not throwing rocks. I don't see how a folding pocket knife represents such threat to life that it should be met with being shot. I am left wondering why the officer didn't simply taze the guy and cuff him.

2. The officer's prior behavior while on duty IS a matter of concern which I imagine will be part of the process of determining his suitability for continued employment. To suggest that the fact that he killed a citizen only two years ago isn't at all relevant is specious on its face. Even in this day and age, where life seemingly has less value, police organizations take the discharge of a firearm by one of their number very seriously.

3. You seem to mix up what is "legal" with what is "moral." The fact that one has the ability and the means to take a life "legally," doesn't make it "moral", or in some instances, even justified.

Lastly, my suspicion is that you are either current or retired "law enforcement," in the way you approach this issue. I understand that every cop wants to "go home" every night, and that forms the rationale for their use of force. But every cop should have a "moral compass" that helps him in his decision making. Sometimes cops have to make split-second decisions, this doesn't seem to be one of those times from my perspective. Neither of us know what the mental state of this perp was because what he was doing wasn't rational. Maybe a through investigation will give us some answers.


D
Registered user
Danville
on Mar 15, 2021 at 6:46 am
D, Danville
Registered user
on Mar 15, 2021 at 6:46 am

@Paul Clark- Your comments are contradictory. You claim to have an opinion that we need to wait for the investigation to conclude to analyse the situation, but then spend the rest of your time doing the opposite by jumping to conclusions that the "officer reaches for his gun too quickly", and because he was sued before(a shooting that the prior investigation concluded was completely justified as criminal ignored commands to stop and drove a car at the officer) that this is a "problem officer". The only comment you made that was correct is today "life has less value", as you have no concerns for the life of the police officer when confronted with a criminal who ignores commands and instead comes at him in attack mode with a knife.


Paul Clark
Registered user
Danville
on Mar 15, 2021 at 8:28 am
Paul Clark, Danville
Registered user
on Mar 15, 2021 at 8:28 am

"Officer D" You should at least be correct in your statements. According to the article, the investigation into the shooting of the guy by Officer Hall in 2018 is still ongoing. Which would indicate that Hall has not been exonerated, at least not yet. It leaves one wondering just why he was returned to duty.

From the original article:

"The outcome of the DA's office investigation in that case is still pending. It was not immediately clear when Hall was cleared to return to full active duty after the Arboleda case."

"Our criminal investigation into the Arboleda shooting is ongoing. A public report would be released if no charges were filed against the officer. I don't have a timeline of when our investigation would be complete," said Scott Alonso, spokesperson for the DA's office."

I still stand by my statement that Hall is "trigger happy," and I hope that at the minimum, he is reassigned by the Sheriff's Dept. to duty somewhere else in Contra Costa County. Danville doesn't need a man like Hall "protecting" us. The vast majority of police officers NEVER fire their weapon at someone for the entirety of their careers. Hall has already done it twice.


Jennifer
Registered user
Danville
on Mar 15, 2021 at 11:22 am
Jennifer, Danville
Registered user
on Mar 15, 2021 at 11:22 am

I don't believe the officer was "trigger happy" at all. A lot of us actually SUPPORT law enforcement.

As far as using your "real name" online -- there is no such thing. People use fictitious names all the time, pretending to be authentic. Unless your CDL has been scanned, and your photo matches your physical appearance -- online you are who you say you are.


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