Christian Hall, a 19-year-old Pennsylvania man, was fatally shot by state police late last year. Now, a newly released video obtained by NBC News through lawyers for the late teen’s family, shows Hall’s final moments. 

The footage shows state troopers speaking to the teen, who was standing on the ledge of a highway overpass along Route 80 in Stroudsburg. Hall, who NBC reported had been diagnosed with depression, had called police to the scene himself by reporting a “possible suicider.” 

Authorities had previously said — and portions of the video that were previously released had shown — that Christian Hall was holding a “realistic-looking” pellet gun when police opened fire. 

But the newly released version of the video does not appear to show Hall pointing the weapon at state troopers before he was fatally shot. 

The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office has ruled that the shooting was justified, and the case is not currently under investigation. But the teen’s parents are suing the two troopers seen in the video, and have asked federal and state authorities to re-open the investigation, NBC reports. 

New Video Shows Christian Hall Had Hands Up

The video begins after Christian Hall had reportedly called police to the highway overpass where he was later shot. 

Pennsylvania State Police are seen telling the 19-year-old he isn’t in trouble and asking him to step down from the ledge, but they soon back away when they see the pellet gun in Hall’s hand. At that point, the troopers fall back behind their squad cars and take a more defensive position while continuing to urge Hall to drop the weapon and step down from the ledge. 

The video shows Christian Hall standing on a ledge as PA state troopers try to talk him down.
The video shows Christian Hall standing on a ledge as PA state troopers try to talk him down. He had called the police there himself, reporting a “possible suicider.” Photo credit: PA State Police

According to NBC, that continued for 90 minutes, before Hall is seen slowly approaching troopers, who continue to demand that he drop the weapon. One officer is heard firing a few shots in Hall’s direction, missing the teen and striking a concrete barrier. 

Then, Hall stretches his arms out horizontally, pellet gun still apparently in hand. He is seen stepping slowly toward the troopers, while bending his elbows to raise his hands over his head. Troopers are heard continuing to demand Hall drop the pellet gun. 

Christian Hall began to raise his hands, still holding a pellet gun, in the disturbing video.
Christian Hall began to raise his hands, still holding a pellet gun, in the disturbing video. Critics have called the shooting unjustified, as Hall’s weapon was not pointed at the officers and was raised over his head when he was killed. Photo credit: PA State Police

In the original version of the video released by the District Attorney’s office, Hall is blurred out when police shoot him. But in the newly uncovered footage first published by NBC, Hall is seen with his hands still over his head when police begin shooting. He appears to be struck in the lower torso and falls to the ground. 

According to NBC, the teen’s hands were in the air, over his head, for 14 seconds before police opened fire. 

This frame shows just before Christian Hall is shot by police with his hands up over his head, in a newly released video.
This frame shows just before Christian Hall is shot by police with his hands up over his head, in a newly released video. The county DA said the shooting was justified, but Hall’s parents want the investigation re-opened. Photo credit: PA State Police

Hall Family Wants to Re-Open Investigation

Local authorities have deemed the shooting justified, though Hall’s parents and activists have criticized troopers for firing when Hall’s hands were raised over his head. 

According to the NBC report, the lawyers for Hall’s parents — who also represented George Floyd’s family — have requested that the state attorney general and federal authorities conduct outside investigations of the incident. 

State prosecutors reportedly said they only have jurisdiction over the case if the local DA’s office refers it to them, which so far it has not. The county DA’s office told NBC it stood by its conclusion that the shooting was justified, and declined an interview request. 

Meanwhile, federal authorities would not comment on the case, the outlet reported. 

Still, Hall’s parents believe their son was surrendering when police shot him. Their lawyers have said the footage originally released by the DA’s office, which blurs out Hall’s death, leads “the viewer to believe that in the redacted portion of the video, Christian pointed the weapon at troopers and advanced on troopers; thereby justifying the use of deadly force.”