Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Deputy – and contractually assigned Danville PD officer – Andrew Albert Hall has been found guilty of assault with a firearm in the fatal shooting of Laudemer Arboleda in Danville in 2018. A mistrial was declared in the manslaughter case against the officer.
Jurors could not come to a verdict on the manslaughter charge but did find him guilty of assault with a firearm.
Arboleda led police on a slow-speed chase through Danville on Nov. 3, 2018, after police attempted to pull him over, responding to resident’s calls of a suspicious person knocking on doors.
The incident came to an end at the intersection of Diablo Road and Front Street, with two police units behind Arboleda’s gray Honda Civic, and two in front, including Hall’s.
Arboleda was trying to pull between two police cars, investigators determined, when Hall opened fire on the front driver’s side of Arboleda’s car, hitting the Newark man nine times.
“Today’s guilty verdict holds accountable defendant Andrew Hall for his excessive use of force in the fatal shooting of Laudemer Arboleda,” wrote County District Attorney Diana Becton in a prepared release. “Deputy Hall’s actions were not only a crime, but they tarnished the badge and they harmed the reputation of all the good, hard working police officers that work for our community. My Office extends our condolences to the family of Mr. Arboleda. With regards to the voluntary manslaughter count, we will take the matter under review to determine the appropriate next steps.”
Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston provided a statement on the trial on the sheriff’s Facebook page.
He wrote: “Although I wish the jury had returned a not-guilty verdict on all counts, I respect their service. We ask our officers to make split-second decisions and many of the jurors understood that. I urge DA Becton not to retry this case. I also urge her to take down the posts on her reelection campaign social media where she touts this prosecution.”
The advocacy group Conscious Contra Costa also issued a statement following the verdict, which said in part, “Today we witnessed an historic ruling in support of police accountability in our county. A jury convicted Deputy Andrew Hall on one count of assault with a firearm, partially delivering long-awaited justice to Laudemer Arboleda, his grieving family, and the Danville community. Conscious Contra Costa is glad to see Andrew Hall be held partially accountable in this case of the unjustified and egregious killing of Laudemer Arboleda…”