Pittsburgh Police

Pittsburgh Police Officer Shot Three Times In The Back Dies

Officer Calvin Hall Had Been In Critical Condition Since Sunday

July 17, 2019 - 1:11 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - An off-duty City of Pittsburgh police officer who was shot three times in the back on July 14 in Homewood while reportedly trying to break up a fight has died.

It was announced Wednesday afternoon Officer Calvin Hall passed away at UPMC Presbyterian after being in critical condition the past three days.

Police Chief Scott Schubert issued the following statement which in part reads:

 “We as a Bureau are heartbroken. We are in mourning. We are supporting each other, and we are keeping Officer Hall’s family in our prayers and doing whatever we can to support and lift them in this dark, devastating time.

“Officer Hall was on the force for two years after previously working for Braddock Police. In his time here he left an indelible mark on his brother and sister officers, as well as the community he served. He was known for his quick smile, ever-optimistic attitude and for his career-long focus on community policing. He was a model officer. He made it a priority to connect with residents, and succeeded in doing so.

Officer Hall was shot at the 7300 block of Monticello Street and an investigation is underway to find whoever is responsible.

“Regarding the investigation, we are investigating Officer Hall’s death as a homicide, and we are investigating the strong possibility, based on gathered evidence, that Officer Hall, who was off duty, was in fact acting under the color of the law when he was fatally shot” said Schubert

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said,

“On behalf of all residents of the City of Pittsburgh I want to express my deepest condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of Officer Hall, a man who was deeply committed to his public service to the community. The coming days will once again be difficult ones for our city, as we come together to mourn in pain and sadness. 

I am ordering all flags at city facilities to fly at half-staff through the officer’s funeral.”  

Officer Hall will receive a full burial with honors and funeral arrangements will be released when available.

Lt. Governor John Fetterman, a the former Mayor of Braddock released a statement on social media, "I am heartbroken for the loss of Officer Hall. He served our community with integrity, empathy, and professionalism. He was a supreme credit our force in Braddock as he was for Pittsburgh."

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags to fly at half-staff to honor Officer Hall until sunset on Thursday.

“This is a dark day for Pittsburgh, a city that has seen far too many tragedies in recent months,” said Gov. Wolf. “Officer Hall’s family is now facing their very worst fears. I’m calling upon the community to support his loved ones, especially his family, friends, and brothers and sisters who served alongside him with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.”

“It’s heartbreaking and I want everyone to know that he served our community with the utmost integrity, professionalism and empathy,” said Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman. “He was a supreme credit to our force, as I’m sure he was to the City of Pittsburgh. It’s my understanding that he was shot while trying to break up a fight. That is wholly consistent with his character.”

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