A man fatally shot by D.C. police on Monday after authorities said he held a woman against her will at an apartment in Southeast Washington pointed an SKS semiautomatic rifle at an officer, according to the offense report.
The man, identified as 26-year-old Vedo Hall of Southeast, died Monday afternoon at a hospital, shortly after the midafternoon shooting. His mother, reached on Tuesday, said she did not want to talk about the incident.
Hall had two pending criminal cases in the District stemming from separate arrests in 2020. Court records show one case involved an illegal handgun charge from a traffic stop.
The other case was related to domestic violence. Police alleged he pulled a gun during a dispute with his ex-girlfriend and pointed it at a dog. Police said they found bullets but not a firearm when they later stopped his vehicle, and they charged Hall with assault and illegal possession of ammunition.
Police said Tuesday the female victim in last year’s domestic violence case is not the same woman whom authorities allege Hall detained against her will on Monday. The woman who was with Hall Monday was not publicly identified, and efforts to reach her were not successful.
Hall’s attorney in the two pending criminal cases, Colleen S. Archer, described her client as polite and respectful and said he had an “extremely limited criminal history.” Speaking of what police say occurred Monday, Archer said, “I don’t think anyone saw this coming.”
Police said Monday’s incident began when officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 1100 block of Mississippi Avenue SE, several blocks from the Metro station, for a report of a woman being held against her will.
D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said officers knocked on the door and that a man inside shouted a threat to shoot. Officers backed away and called for help. Police have not said how long they believe the woman had been held.
As additional officers arrived, police said Hall forced the victim to leave by going through a back window. Authorities have not provided the time when they first realized he was not inside the residence. Police said they searched for the man and that shortly after 3 p.m., an officer saw him with the woman on Alabama Avenue.
Contee said the man was holding the rifle, and that he backed away from a fence and “raised the gun at the officer.” Contee said the officer, who has been on the force five years, fired at least once, striking the man.
The chief said the woman “obviously was physically shaken by all this.” The chief said the man and woman were or had been involved in a relationship.
Police provided a photo of the SKS rifle, the same model firearm a gunman used in 2017 to shoot at Republican members of Congress at a baseball practice in Alexandria, wounding four people, including then-House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).
Authorities said the officer who shot Hall had activated his body-worn camera. Police have five business days to make public the recording and to publicly identify the officer. Family members of the man who died can object to the public release of the video.