A Texas homeowner described as reclusive was killed by police arriving at his home after he had shot an intruder.
Jerry Wayne Hale had tried to burglarize Hall's home and was shot by the man defending his property. Hale did on the scene, as paramedics could not get to him due to the active situation involving Hall and police. (Photo via Dallas Morning News)
William Keith Hall fatally shot the burglar identified as Jerry Wayne Hale, according to the Dallas Morning News, then stood over him, telling Hale he would shoot again. KDFW-TV reported witnesses saying Hale, not yet dead, begged Hall not to shoot.
When police arrived, Hall then pointed his pistol at officers who shot him when he refused to put down his firearm.
Although, Maj. Jeff Cotner told the Morning News the officers did not know Hall had been defending his property, but he noted that the 57-year-old man "was given plenty of notice, and he didn’t choose a path other than to confront officers."
The incident occurred Thursday, beginning at Hall's Far East Dallas home, which Cotner called a "hoarder's house." Neighbor Robert Schreiber told the Morning News Hall resided there for more than 20 years and never cut his grass.
“He was a loner,” Schreiber told the newspaper.
A contractor, later identified as David Humphrey, called the police when witnessing the first shooting in the alley. When Humphrey told Hall he had called the police, he supposedly said, "Good, I’ll shoot them, too." Humphrey backed off when Hall allegedly pointed the gun at him as well.
After being shot by three officers, Cotner said Hall was still alive on the ground, his weapon knocked from his hand.
"The officers are yelling at him — he’s still alive. He reaches for his weapon and begins to pick it up and point it again. They fire again," Cotner told the Morning News.
According to WFAA-TV, Cotner said the police later learned the weapon had become jammed.
“If the gun had not malfunctioned, yes, (Hall) possibly would have shot others,” Cotner told WFAA.
Witness Giovanni Almanza gave KDFW an account of what he saw as well.
"First there was one shot, he screamed about five times, then they tried to shut him up and cover his mouth. So then that's when I drove by, there was already cops right there on the scene trying to get him to put his gun down. That's when I came back," Almanza told KDFW. "After that there was five gunshots constantly. A minute later, there was five more gunshots and that's when the cops starting coming to cover up the crime scene."
Watch KDFW's report about the incident:
Hale, the burglar, had been arrested 14 times since 2000. Hall had no criminal record, but was notified about the state of his yard violating city code, according to the Morning News.
Hall's pastor told KDFW the man he called Keith "had a big heart."
The pastor said Hall was "slow at processing things," hard of hearing and "did not handle confusion well," which might have led to the escalated situation with police.
Watch KDFW's report with words about Hall from his pastor:
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(H/T: Daily Mail)