New video released: Christian Hall shot dead; Stroudsburg Pennsylvania man shot dead by troopers after suicidal man pointed gun at troopers along Route 33 overpass Hamilton Township. Federal Civil lawsuit now filed.
### Update: February 3rd, 2021: Benjamin L. Crump, lawyer for Hall announced a forthcoming federal civil rights lawsuit against state police on behalf of parents as Monroe County DA office continue to investigate shooting of ‘mentally troubled’ man.
### Original post: Dec, 31, 2020. Suicide by cop? Pennsylvania state troopers shot and killed a suicidal man who refused to let go of his gun while standing on a Hamilton Township highway bridge Wednesday.
Troopers responded to the Route 33 South overpass bridge in Monroe County circa 1:38 pm where they found 19-year-old Christian Hall of Stroudsburg armed with a gun, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Trooper tried to get Hall — described as being distraught — to drop his weapon with the man initially complying.
Continued the release, ‘As troopers continued to negotiate with Hall regarding the incident, Hall became uncooperative and retrieved the firearm and began walking towards the troopers.’
Hall was shot by troopers and taken into custody. He was then rushed to Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg where he died.
A young man was shot and killed Wednesday after allegedly pointing a gun at state police near the Route 33 southbound overpass to Interstate 80. https://t.co/mrsgQ0fAk8
— Pocono Record (@PoconoRecord) December 31, 2020
19yo Christian Hall needed HELP. On 12/30, he experienced a mental health crisis and @PAStatePolice were called to assist. Instead of helping Christian, deputies fatally shot him with his hands raised. This is NOT how cops should handle mental health crises! #JusticeForChristian pic.twitter.com/QVDggTq44u
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) February 3, 2021
‘Christian Hall needed a helping hand, but he got bullets instead’
The ‘incident’ led to major interstates being ‘shut down’ for hours Patriot News reported.
An autopsy is scheduled Thursday to determine the cause and manner of death, said Monroe County Coroner Tom Yanac.
Hall’s death came amid increased scrutiny of police across the country in the wake of deaths at the hands of police officers and calls for changes in the way law enforcement responds to people experiencing behavioral health crises.
‘Christian Hall needed a helping hand, but yet he got bullets while he had his hands up,’ said famed civil rights attorney, Benjamin L. Crump, who filed a federal suit on February 3rd on behalf of the family. ‘When people have mental health crises, the police should de-escalate the situation, not settle it with a gun. That’s not what good policing is.’
Of note, the names of the troopers involved have not been made public, but they were recently placed back on full duty according to McCall.
The Monroe County district attorney’s office and state police are investigating.