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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Grand Jury Indicts Felon who Shot and Wounded Law Enforcement Officer

Adds Charges to Original Indictment for Gun Possession

           A grand jury in Seattle today indicted RANDY LEE HALL, 31, on four new charges for shooting at law enforcement officers who were trying to arrest him in Auburn, Washington on June 28, 2016, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  The superseding indictment charges HALL with assault of a person assisting federal officers, assault on a federal officer, using a firearm during a crime of violence, unlawful possession of ammunition and unlawful possession of a firearm.  HALL will be arraigned on the superseding indictment September 1, 2016.

            According to records in the case, in the spring of 2016, HALL was linked to multiple firearms and incidents where gunshots were fired.  On June 28, 2016 agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) were joined by officers from the Seattle Police Department and the Washington State Department of Corrections in order to arrest HALL on an outstanding warrant.  Law enforcement officers located a vehicle Hall had rented, and were waiting outside the Auburn apartment where the car was parked.  When HALL came out, the officers – dressed in clothing identifying their respective agencies -- verbally identified themselves as law enforcement officers and attempted to arrest HALL.  HALL brandished a pistol and fired at several officers: two ATF agents and two Department of Corrections (DOC) officers.  One DOC officer was hit but has since recovered.  HALL was also shot and was treated at Harborview Medical Center.  HALL made his first appearance on federal charges in U.S. District Court on July 5, 2016.

            The charges in the superseding indictment carry maximum penalties of twenty years in prison.  Using a firearm during a crime of violence is punishable by a mandatory ten year prison term to run consecutive to any prison term on the other charges.

            HALL’s prior felony convictions prohibit him from possessing firearms. 

            The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations.  A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

            The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and the Seattle Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Todd Greenberg.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Updated August 18, 2016