After more than 45 minutes of negotiations with SWAT, Altman Hall walked out of a family member's home and was shot in the abdomen. He died two weeks later.

That's where Hall's story ended, Tuesday, when he died after being hospitalized since the Dec. 28 shooting.

That evening started when a family member called police after arriving home to find a window broken. She said she was afraid an estranged family member, Hall, was inside.

Police responded to the home. Hall told them he had a gun and would not come out or let them in. After he allegedly made threats to shoot the officers, they called SWAT.

After Hall was shot, officers could not find the gun he claimed he had and did not see the gun before shooting him. The GBI is now investigating, as is typical whenever an officer is involved in a shooting.


What led up to the shooting and him being in that family member's home, unwanted?

Police said Hall was kicked out of that family member's home two days before. The residents there had a restraining order against him. However, that was just one of multiple instances where Hall encountered law enforcement.

In 2006 in Tampa, Florida, he was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine and carrying a concealed firearm. He served one year in prison after taking a plea deal. He'd had previous charges like loitering and traffic citations.

Altman Hall mug shot from Florida
Altman Hall mug shot from Florida

Sometime after that, he moved in Georgia, and in 2015 Hall was charged with battery after he and a woman got into a physical altercation at her home in Atlanta. According to the incident report, Hall "grabbed her by her mouth, head and chest area."

But these incidents are just a snapshot into the life of a man whom local police saw only moments before fatally shooting him.

Community activists have called for an investigation and for the officer who fired the shot to be terminated and charged. After the shooting, he was placed on desk duty while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation looked into the case.

11Alive's Ryan Kruger spoke to Vincent Hill, a police officer formerly with the Nashville Police Department, and asked whether the fact that Hall said he had a gun played a factor in the mind of the officer who fired.

Hill said it almost certainly would have.

"Typically, if someone says they have a gun, they usually have a gun," Hill said. "So you can't take that lightly."

Now that there's an investigation open by the GBI, Hill said it will be important to look at the evidence of the case, including body cam video.

"I've been in that situation before where I've had to almost use deadly force," said Hill. "You have to look at the totality of evidence. He said he had a gun. I'd love to see the body cam to see if any made any movements that made police believe he had a gun."

No matter what though, Hill said it's important for the public to keep in mind that when police believe there is a possibility of deadly force against them, they respond with deadly force.

"And at that split second, the officer, likely, believed he was being met with deadly force," Hill said.