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Officers justified in deadly shooting near Pennsylvania State Capitol, DA says

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Dauphin County DA’s Office ruled that the use of deadly force in the June 9 shooting near the State Capitol in Harrisburg was justified.

abc27 news reported back on June 9 when a police officer fatally shot and killed Kendrell Hall, 22, after he opened fire on police and a Capitol K9 officer. The incident occurred near the 200 block of South Street around 1:30 a.m.


As a result of the incident, Capitol Police K9 Rex was injured and Hall was killed.

According to Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo, following a review of the use of deadly force, they believe that Hall presented an immediate threat to themselves and others if deadly force was not used.

“Both officers were very fortunate. Hall’s pistol was set to discharge as an automatic weapon when it jammed upon firing in the alley,” the Dauphin County DA’s Office said. “If it had not jammed, there is a fair probability that the officers would have been wounded or killed.”

The DA’s Office says that the gun used by Hall was modified, and had an extended magazine and “Glock Switch” which allowed the pistol to discharge automatic fire. At the time of the shooting, Hall was on parole for unlawful possession of a firearm along with other charges.

His possession of a firearm would have constituted a felony charge.

The District Attorney’s office also noted that Hall had Delta-9 THC in his blood, the principle psychoactive ingredient of marijuana/hashish.

It is important to note that the investigation revealed that witnesses corroborated the accounts of police officers. Specifically, witnesses say they heard officers give verbal commands to “get on the ground”, and “drop the gun” before any shots were fired.

After shots were fired by police, officers attempted life-saving measures on Hall.

abc27 news will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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