City News Service
A police motorcycle patrolman facing criminal charges for allegedly causing an off-duty hit-and-run accident in Serra Mesa while intoxicated last winter was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound behind his Clairemont Mesa house Monday, authorities reported.
The fatality at the Ashford Street home of Officer David Christopher Hall was reported shortly before 10 a.m., San Diego police said. Neighbors reported hearing what sounded like a single gunshot at the residence, according to KFMB-TV.
Officers found a body at the residence, SDPD Detective Gary Hassen said.
Police confirmed that it was Hall, who was facing three criminal counts in connection with the Feb. 22 traffic collision. The shooting was reported by Hall's wife, according to a SDPD press releaes
About 7:30 on Feb. 22, Hall's GMC Yukon crashed into another vehicle on the onramp from Murray Ridge Road to northbound Interstate 805, injuring a woman in the other vehicle, according to police. The 41-year-old officer allegedly left the scene and drove to his home, where police contacted him a short time later.
On May 2, Hall pleaded not guilty to two charges of DUI causing injury, one count of felony hit-and-run and an allegation that his blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash was above 0.15 percent — about twice the legal limit for driving.
The charges carried a maximum penalty of up to three years and eight months in prison. A pretrial hearing in the case was scheduled for later this week.