An independent witness comes forward to dispute the officer’s account of the events leading to Wilson’s shooting
by Lee Houskeeper
Danville, Calif. – Civil Rights Attorney John Burris has been retained by Tyrell Wilson’s family to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death at the hands of Danville Police Officer Andrew Hall. Tyrell was shot by the officer ostensibly after a foot chase, where the officer believes that Tyrell was throwing rocks from the freeway.
After a brief chase, the officer claims that Tyrell approached him with a knife, and the officer shot him once in the face. Tyrell died March 17 – five days after being shot by Officer Hall.
Tyrell’s parents have reason to believe the officer’s statements are not totally truthful – especially since an independent witness disputes the officer’s account. The witness described a different account of how the incident occurred between Officer Hall and Mr. Wilson.
The Wilsons state that their son has suffered for years with a mental impairment. This is the second use of deadly force by Officer Hall.
The witness stated to a local news reporter that Officer Hall chased Mr. Wilson across the street, then Hall and Mr. Wilson got into an argument, leading Officer Hall to pull out his weapon and shoot Mr. Wilson after Tyrell made a hand gesture toward Officer Hall. The witness to the shooting had never met Officer Hall or Tyrell Wilson and stated that Wilson did not advance on Officer Hall, as reported by the Danville Police Department.
The Wilsons state that their son has suffered for years with a mental impairment. This is the second use of deadly force by Officer Hall. Attorney Burris represents the family and will be suing the officer and the department for civil rights violations for the prior use of deadly force.