Crime & Justice

Fontana cops justified in shooting caught on video, San Bernardino County prosecutors say

A still from the video showing Fontana police officers confronting James Hill in a gas station convenience store before fatally shooting him.
A still from the video showing Fontana police officers confronting James Hill in a gas station convenience store before fatally shooting him.
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Prosecutors say Fontana police officers acted lawfully when they fatally shot a legally blind man with schizophrenia in 2015 during an encounter at a gas station.

San Bernardino County prosecutors say Tuesday that the Fontana officers were justified when they shot and killed James Hall after responding to a robbery call on Nov. 22, 2015.

Prosecutors said Hall was holding a knife in one hand and a large rock in his other hand when officers arrived.

They say the officers tried to convince Hall to surrender and then shot bean bag and sponge rounds.

Prosecutors say Hall wouldn't comply and gave the officers "little choice" but to use lethal force.

A video of the shooting was posted on YouTube in January. An attorney for Hall's family didn't immediately comment.

Warning: This video contains graphic images.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQiG6DUoCEc