NORTH EAST, Md. — Video of the aftermath of a fatal shooting by a Maryland state trooper shows the wounded man still moving as the trooper tries to keep people back and consults with another officer.
WBAL-TV recently obtained the dashcam video from state police. It shows a wounded Charles Hall in his car at a shopping center in North East on Aug. 21, 2015. Hall died a short time later.
Police have said Trooper Daryl Brackett saw Hall in the parking lot and knew he was wanted by the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office on a theft charge. Brackett told police he tried to arrest Hall, but that Hall struggled with him, tried to drive away and grabbed for Brackett’s gun before Brackett fired.
In reviewing the shooting, state police Sgt. David Sexton examined dashcam and security footage and wrote in a report obtained by The Baltimore Sun that Brackett “does not appear to provide any medical or lifesaving techniques at the time and it is several minutes before an off-duty deputy who is an EMT arrives and assists the troopers.”
Brackett told the Sun that there were “a hundred-plus people in the parking lot screaming” at him. He said that when the scene was secure and Hall could be treated, Hall no longer had a pulse.
He told the Sun that if he had a Taser, he would have used it, but he had no other option.
Police say they conducted an internal affairs investigation, but the results are confidential under state personnel laws.
County Deputy State’s Attorney Steven Trostle decided Nov. 15 that the shooting was justified, based in part by a review of video, autopsy findings that Hall had drugs in his system and because Hall’s DNA was on Brackett’s gun.
Brackett, who had been a trooper for nearly four years, retired May 1.
Police identified both Brackett and Hall as white.