Mentally ill man killed in altercation with Miami Gardens police

Mother says she never would have called police if she knew officers would kill Lavall Hall

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A 25-year-old mentally ill man is dead after getting into an altercation with police officers early Sunday morning.

Miami Gardens police said officers were called to a home regarding a violent, mentally disturbed man. When officers arrived, the man -- identified as Lavall Hall -- would not comply with their instructions and engaged in a physical altercation with some sort of object, police said.

Witnesses described the object as a broom.

As a result, Hall was shot and died at the scene, police said.

"All I want is justice," Hall's mother, Catherine Daniels Brown, told Local 10 News.

She said she called police after feeling threatened by Hall.

"If I (knew) they (were) going to kill my child, I would have never, ever called them," she said.

Hall had recently been released from a mental health facility. Brown said police should have known about his mental illness as they had been called to his home before.

"When they left (here) they went home to their family," Hall's cousin, Walter Pinkins, told Local 10. "They (are) probably home eating, drinking (and) having a good time. But we (are) back here grieving. That's not fair."

Police said one of the officers was taken to a hospital.

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