County officials have agreed to pay $4.5 million to the family of a mentally ill homeless man shot and killed during a confrontation with a sheriff’s deputy in Danville in March, 2021.
The settlement, reported Thursday by the Bay Area News Group, comes on the heels of Deputy Andrew Hall’s conviction for felony assault with a firearm in connection with another, unrelated fatal shooting incident in 2018. Hall, now a former Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputy then working under contract as an officer in Danville, was sentenced earlier this month to six years in prison.
Thursday’s settlement agreement stems from a lethal encounter between Hall and Tyrell Wilson – a homeless man brought to the attention of police after he was allegedly spotted dropping rocks onto cars traveling on nearby I-680. First contacted by then-Deputy Hall, Wilson approached the officer when asked to do so – then can be seen deftly opening a small knife. In Hall’s body-worn camera footage Wilson is seen backing away from the officer but refusing to drop the knife when the deputy, who had been “covering” the homeless man with his pistol, fires once – hitting Wilson in the face.
An attorney representing the Wilson family have said they will move to bring criminal charges against the former officer for that shooting, as well.
Hall was only recently convicted of firing on and killing another man during a slow-speed car chase through Danville in 2018. Jurors saw Hall stand in in front of a car driven by Laudemer Arboleda, 33, and fire 10 shots through the windshield and passenger side window. Hall had said he was afraid Arboleda, who was unarmed, was going to run him down.
Prosecutors argued Hall used unnecessary force and endangered fellow officers and bystanders who could’ve been struck by stray bullets. The jury partially agreed, finding him guilty of assault but deadlocking on a manslaughter charge.
“He (Arboleda) did not deserve to die for evading a police officer,” Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Terri Mockler said, “that is the crux of this.”