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WASHINGTON (AP) — A man fatally shot by an officer on Christmas Day when he refused to drop a knife had stabbed a woman during an argument, according a District of Columbia police report released Monday.
Gerald Hall, 29, took the woman's house keys on Saturday when he left after an argument and he let himself in Sunday without permission. Chante Hill told police that as they argued Sunday, Hall turned on the gas on the home's stove, spreading a strong odor of natural gas throughout the house and he lit paper towels.
She told police that as they struggled, Hall pushed her out of the house. When Hill got back inside with another person, Hill says Hall produced a knife and approached Hill, but the third person was able to take the knife. Hill said Hall produced another knife and stabbed her in the forearm.
After a neighbor called police to report loud screaming, officers arrived and ordered Hall several times to drop the knife, according to the report.
Police said Hall refused and was shot. He died at a hospital.
Police didn't give the races of the officer or Hall.
Hall's mother, Angela McCain, tells WRC-TV (http://bit.ly/2i8H68L) that her son went to the home of a woman he was seeing to pick up Christmas gifts for his children. He was the father of four children, aged 5, 7, 8 and 10, she said.
McCain disputes the report that her son was armed, and said she believes police used excessive force. She said they could have used less lethal force, such as a Taser.
"I see it all the time on the news," McCain said. "And I never thought it would hit home. I'm hurt. He was such a good guy."
One officer is on administrative leave. The department doesn't identify officers involved in shootings. The officers involved were wearing body cameras and police said footage will be reviewed in the investigation.
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