Body cameras worn by Walnut Creek police show a confrontation with Miles Hall who was fatally shot on June 2, 2019.

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Walnut Creek Officers Should Be Punished For Fatal Shooting, Victim's Family Says

Carrie Hodousek
July 17, 2019 - 9:40 am

Family and friends of a Walnut Creek man with mental illness who was fatally shot by police are calling on the city to hold the officers responsible. 

Miles Hall's mother told members of the city council on Tuesday night that police knew her 23-year-old son was mentally challenged but failed to take steps to defuse the situation on June 2. 

"When I called for help, I expected that we would be helped and that officers that confronted him were trained and able to deescalate his psychotic episode," Taun Hall said. "Unfortunately, he was shot and killed like a criminal."

Taun Hall had called 911, saying that her son had threatened family members. She urged the operator to warn officers her son would be aggressive. The family has already filed a lawsuit against the police. 

Officers shot Hall on the street after he allegedly charged at them with a crowbar. 

The Walnut Creek Police Department has released footage showing some of the encounter from body cameras worn by officers involved in the altercation. 

Police Chief Tom Chaplin has said he's committed to transparency during the course of the investigation. 

"I am not going to sit here and make a final determination on our actions. I'm going to be patient and let this process hold out," Chaplin said. "I would ask that you do the same, because we're not going to hide anything from you."

The five officers who were involved have been placed on administrative leave while the department and Contra Costa County District Attorney's office review the incident.