Dashcam video shows Ore. police shooting

Dashcam video shows Ore. police shooting

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on December 16, 2013 at 6:52 PM

SISTERS, Ore. -- Dashcam video from four Ore. trooper patrol cars obtained by KGW shows a veteran officer reacting when he spots a gun, the police chase that followed and the shooting involving two officers.

William E. Hall, 34, of Arlington, Texas died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after the shooting that involved Oregon State Police on August 30, according to investigators.

Raw video: Troopers chase, shoot suspect near Sisters

The video released Monday begins with Major Travis Hampton standing outside Hall's vehicle. Hampton apparently spots a gun and pulls out his own weapon as he backs away from Hall's car.

The District Attorney's report on the death investigation said that Hall grabbed a pistol from inside his car, pointed it at Major Hampton "and appeared to squeeze the grip and trigger as if trying to shoot him."  It went on to explain that Major Hampton responded by immediately drawing his sidearm and yelling "Gun!"

In the video, Hall's vehicle speeds off and officers follow.  The chase continues along a dirt road near Sisters where officers deploy spike strips and do a tactical maneuver to pin Hall's car between theirs.

Officers can be heard yelling, "Gun! Gun!" when Hall reportedly brandished a gun again. Then several gunshots can be heard as troopers fire at Hall.

A statement released by OSP Monday said, "The shooting incident ended with the death of an armed suspect from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and personally impacted many others."

Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty later ruled that the troopers were "fully justified" in shooting at Hall. Hampton and Senior Trooper William Duran used necessary force, the DA said.

More: Read DA's entire report on shooting

Hall was found dead inside his car and no officers were injured, Flaherty said.  Deputy State Medical Examiner Larry Lewman determined that Hall died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.  But he also had four gunshot wounds to his shoulder that "would have caused Mr. Hall's death but for his intervening act of suicide," according to the DA's report.

Background: Police 'justified' in fatal shooting near Sisters

Hall had recently served approximately 6 years in prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and investigators said that during his time in prison, he was a lieutenant in the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist prison gang.

This Aug. 30 chase and shooting came less than 24 hours after a similar incident on Interstate 84 where an OSP trooper was wounded in a shooting that left the driver of another vehicle dead.

More: Man killed after firing on trooper during I-84 stop


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