Man Shot By Local Police Appears In Federal Court

Michael Ray Hall (1990 jail photo)
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WACO (February 13, 2013)--A Waco man who was shot in January by officers who responded to a domestic disturbance appeared in federal magistrate's court Wednesday and was ordered held pending formal arraignment in federal court on drug and firearms charges.

U.S. Magistrate Jeffrey C. Manske ordered Michael Ray Hall, 46, held until he can appear again for formal arraignment on Feb. 21.

Hall appeared in court Wednesday wearing a neck brace, because he was shot in the neck during the January disturbance.

Hall is named in a federal indictment charging possession of at least 50 grams of methamphetamine and convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The indictment shows Hall has earlier state convictions for stealing a car in 1986, burglarizing a building in 1987, and that he was convicted as a habitual criminal in 1990 on a charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer.

Court records from the hearing Wednesday show Hall was taken to the federal magistrate's court while in state custody, so he was detained without bond.

Hall was shot in the lower jaw in January as he moved toward an officer in what police said was a threatening manner after a woman involved in the disturbance said the man was armed and had fired a shot inside the house.

The officers, Hans Fitting, a 23-year veteran, and Don Patterson, a 14-year veteran, were sent to 3424 Forrester Lane just after 11 a.m. on Jan. 11 in response to the report the disturbance.

Officers later discovered the man wasn't armed, but had left the weapon in a bedroom where investigators later determined he had fired it just before officers arrived.