Police Release Name Of Man Whom Local Officer Shot

Officers outside the home after the shooting Friday.
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WACO (January 14, 2013)—Waco police Monday identified a man whom an officer shot after responding to a report of a domestic disturbance Friday as Michael Ray Hall, 46, of Waco and said the two officers involved in the incident are both department veterans.

Police spokesman Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton identified the officers Monday as Hans Fitting, a 23-year veteran, and Don Patterson, a 14-year veteran.

They remain on administrative leave pending completion of an investigation.

Hall was shot in the lower jaw Friday as he moved toward one of the officers in what police said was a threatening manner after a woman involved in the incident told Fitting and Hall the man was armed and had fired a shot inside the house.

Police did not identify the officer who fired the shot.

Hall was conscious, walking and talking after the shooting.

He was taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center.

Hall was on parole at the time of the shooting after serving 21 years for aggravated assault on a police officer, according to online records.

The officers were sent to 3424 Forrester Lane just after 11 a.m. Friday in response to a report of a disturbance and a screaming woman, Swanton said Friday.

When the officers arrived the woman told them a man who was armed was inside the home.

As they tried to make contact with the man he “confronted officers in a threatening manner,” Swanton said.

“One of the officers, believing the suspect was armed, shot the suspect,” Swanton said.

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.

Earlier police said the man had a gun when he confronted the officers.

More than a dozen marked units and several unmarked cars flooded the neighborhood near Forrester Lane and Laguna Vista Drive about two-and-a-half blocks off of Lake Shore Drive after the shooting.