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DA:Police justified in Christian Hall shooting

State police were justified in shooting 19-year-old Christian Hall on a Monroe County overpass in December, investigators announced during a press conference Tuesday morning.

Hall was shot Dec. 30 on the bridge at the Route 33 southbound overpass over Interstate 80 in Hamilton Township after police said he refused to drop what appeared to them to be a semi-automatic handgun. He had called 911, authorities said, telling dispatchers someone was on the bridge about to commit suicide.

The nearly hour-and-a-half encounter after troopers arrived on scene was captured on police cruiser cameras and parts of it were played during Tuesday’s press conference.

“It is apparent, watching the video and looking at the evidence, that Mr. Hall wanted to commit suicide, but not necessarily by his own hand,” Monroe County First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso said in announcing the findings. “He provoked the use of deadly force by state police.”

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