Andrew Hall, a police officer in Danville, which contracts law enforcement services from the Contra Costa County Sheriff, has been charged with felony voluntary manslaughter and felony assault with a semi-automatic firearm in the 2018 killing of Laudemer Arboleda.
The news was announced by the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office Wednesday morning. Hall is accused of shooting Arboleda on Friday night after responding to reports that an unnamed individual had brandished a weapon at taco truck employees during an argument over food quality.
Hall's shooting of Arboleda was "without lawful excuse or justification," the District Attorney's Office said in a statement. If found guilty, Hall faces a possible 22-year prison sentence and would be barred from being a peace officer.
The newly released video compiled from footage taken by Hall's body camera, citizen dash cam footage and stationary city-operated cameras shows him exiting his police vehicle after which he makes contact with Wilson before pursuing him on foot across the broad intersection of Sycamore Valley Road and Camino Ramon. All in under one minute, you can see as Hall shoots and kills Wilson right in the middle of this busy intersection.
The video begins with the officer's body cam footage, which was activated as he approached the intersection in response to 911 calls about someone throwing rocks off of a freeway overpass onto traffic below.
Hall gets out of his vehicle and calls out to Wilson, who is walking into the intersection, saying, "Hey buddy, come here real quick! Come here!"
Wilson refuses and continues walking away from Hall across the intersection, saying, "Who are you?"
Hall says, "You're jaywalking now ... We're not playing this game dude."
After continuing to pursue Wilson on foot into the intersection, Hall identifies himself as "Officer Andrew Hall of Danville Police," to which Wilson responds, "From where? Authority of what?"
Hall closes the distance between them as Wilson stands still for a moment, before Wilson begins walking backward, away from Hall, holding a paper bag in one hand and what appears to be a small knife in the other.
"Don't fucking touch me," Wilson says as he begins to walk backward. "Touch me and see what's up."
Hall yells, "Drop the knife" as Wilson stops in the street and says, "No ... Kill me," while tapping his chest.
Wilson then takes a couple slow, halting steps forward. Hall yells, "Drop the knife" twice more, and shoots Wilson once. Wilson immediately collapses. Responding emergency personnel work to save his life, repeating, "Stay with us, stay with us," as they roll him onto his side. Wilson died a week later.
The Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office framed the footage as exonerating Hall.