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Police Release Videos of Officer-Involved Shooting That Killed Murder Suspect in East Pasadena

Published on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 | 4:55 am
 

[UPDATED] Dramatic footage released late Monday night by the Pasadena Police Department provided more details in a shooting incident that occurred in East Pasadena last November.

In total 10 videos were released of the incident that ended when armed suspect Devin Edward Hall, 24, shot himself on Nov. 23.

According to police, Hall fatally shot Pasadena resident Gevork Minissian, 70, just after 2:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Sunnyslope Avenue, according to police.

Hall died of multiple gunshot wounds according to information obtained by Pasadena Now.

The incident happened during an increase in gun violence. Police said at that time that the shooting did not appear to be related to the other incidents, which occurred across town in Northwest Pasadena.

“It was later learned that the firearm used by the suspect shot high velocity, rifle style rounds capable of piercing the body armor that was worn by responding police personnel,” according to the department’s website.

In the footage, several police officers can be seen taking cover from gunshots. Due to the imminent danger, police officers kept their distance from the suspect and there are no close up shots of the suspect in police footage, police said.

Multiple gunshots can be heard throughout the footage as police combed the area searching for the suspect.

The footage also contains cell phone video and recordings captured by video doorbells in the neighborhood where it occurred.

Police also released the audio of five emergency calls to police dispatch by people who saw the shooting and described a suspect matching Hall’s description.

“We heard gunshots,” one caller stated. “The guy just ran over towards our house. The cops are going in his direction. He just pointed a gun at us. He’s in our backyard.”

That witness also reported the suspect was wearing a blue shirt and khaki pants and said Hall fired five or six shots.

Another suspect said Hall was walking “calmly” after he fired his weapon.

“I see him right now,” said one witness in a 911 call to police. “Blue shirt, just shot, maybe five or six shots. He’s on foot right now.”

The witness said he could not tell if Hall still had the weapon but said he had seen him point it at a car. The witness described the suspect as a Black man. The witness eventually lost sight of Hall.

“Somebody just shot somebody at Sunnyslope and Orange Grove,” a frantic woman told a police dispatcher. He was African American, blue shirt. He’s still there.”

Another caller said the shooter ran towards their home and pointed his gun at them.

One of the first officers arriving at the scene found Minissian on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds near a vehicle Hall was driving. Minissian was receiving assistance from a resident with medical training.

Later an officer reported seeing Hall heading south on Eaton Drive.

Using his PA system, the officer ordered Hall to stop and get on the ground. Hall fired two shots at the officer and fled south as other units arrived, according to police.

Hall attempted to carjack two motorists during the encounter, including a dark-colored SUV.  Police say he also illegally entered a home during the incident.

Police cornered Hall near the vehicle and a woman can be heard screaming as she flees from the scene at the beckoning of police officers.

“Officers attempt to de-escalate the situation by instructing the suspect to release the female hostage,” according to a statement accompanying the footage on the police website. “The suspect refuses, but loses his balance thus affording the hostage an opportunity to escape from the suspect.”

AB 392 allows police to use deadly force to apprehend a fleeing felon if the committed or suspected felony threatened or resulted in death or serious bodily injury and it is necessary to prevent that person from causing further death or serious bodily injury unless immediately apprehended.

Hall had fatally shot one person, shot at police several times aimed his weapon at a vehicle and at least one nearby resident and taken two people hostage—all of which could represent an immediate threat to the community, police said.

The two women Hall allegedly attempted to carjack were evaluated and treated at the scene for unknown injuries. No officers were reported injured.

The day after the shooting Pasadena native Paola Lomeli told Pasadena Now she was in Sunnyslope Park when the shots broke out.

“It was about 2:30 p.m. when I heard the first round of gunshots,” she said. “About 10 seconds later the next round went off. There was a brief pause. Within a minute I heard police approaching the area. Within the next five minutes, I heard three more gunshots. Instantly police closed down the area and rerouted traffic.”

The videos and audios may be accessed by clicking here.

Police are urging anyone with information about this case to call them at (626) 744-4241 or by reporting information anonymously by calling  “Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), using your smartphone to  download the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store,  or by using the website  http://lacrimestoppers.org

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