William Keith Hall, Texas homeowner, fatally shot home intruder before being gunned down by cops, report says

Keith Hall, Vietnam veteran who killed burglar, was shot and killed by Dallas police after allegedly pointing a gun at them.
CBS Dallas
(CBS/AP) DALLAS - A homeowner who apparently fatally shot an intruder was killed by responding officers when he pointed his weapon toward them.

Dallas police say the episode began with 911 calls Thursday night saying an armed man in an alley was standing over a person with a gunshot wound. The armed man, identified as 57-year-old William Hall, apparently confronted a prowler who was attempting to burglarize his home. Hall was standing over the suspect when he pointed his gun at nearby witnesses.

Police say officers ordered Hall to drop his weapon before he went into his home. When he came outside again, still armed, officers gave him further orders but he did not comply. He was shot by three officers when he allegedly raised his weapon toward them.

Pastor Kent Barnard told CBS Dallas that Hall walked two miles to church Sunday, and that he had issues that stemmed from his military career.

Hall was reportedly drafted and served during the Vietnam War.

Police said Hall was a hoarder and the windows at his home were boarded up. Friends said he recently bought a gun because he was scared that somebody would break into his home, according to the station.

The man shot by Hall was identified as 30-year-old Jerry Hale.

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