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South Carolina Officer Killed in Shooting at Mall

September 30, 2015  | 

A Forest Acres (S.C.) Police Department Officer was shot and killed at a local mall this morning. The suspect is in custody, reports WACH.

Forest Acres Chief Marion Sealy announced at a press conference Wednesday that the deceased officer is 32-year-old Greg Alia, a seven-year veteran of the department.

Sealy said three officers responded to the Richland Mall in Forest Acres just before 8am about a call of a suspicious person. When the officers approached the man, he ran into the mall.

Once inside, Alia and the suspect got into a struggle and the suspect pulled a handgun and fatally shot Alia.

The two other officers were able to subdue the man and he is now in custody.

Sealy has identified the suspected shooter as Jarvis Hall, 34, of Batesburg-Leesville.

Officer Alia leaves behind a wife and infant son.

Comments (6)

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plato's playdough @ 10/2/2015 4:10 AM

No surprise, huh?

plato's playdough @ 10/2/2015 4:12 AM

The handgun that Hall used in the shooting "was reported stolen from Lexington County on or about September 2, 2015," according to an arrest warrant.

A check of Hall's neighborhood found one of his cousins, Gladys Cochran, who said Hall generally kept to himself.

We also are learning more about Hall's criminal past. He has a SLED arrest record that dates back to 2004 when he was first arrested by the Columbia Police Department on prostitution and unlawful carry of a weapon charges.

He was later convicted of the unlawful carrying of a weapon charge and paid a $1,120 fine.

He was recently arrested Aug. 30 of this year by CPD and charged with failure to comply and was convicted of that charge.

Officials questioned Hall all morning and into the afternoon, trying to figure out why he was at the mall early Wednesday morning in a van with a knife and a handgun.

If convicted, Hall could face the death penalty or a minimum of 30 years to life in prison.

John retired IA PD @ 10/2/2015 7:21 AM

Rest in peace officer Alia. My condolences to the family. Instead of gun control, how about a little criminal control? All too often LEO go into a situation without knowing how dangerous the individual is that they are coming in contact with. A gun and a knife at the mall. How many lives did these officers save?

S.S. @ 10/2/2015 8:01 AM

This is all too familiar. Shit needs to stop! Another widow, and another child without a daddy. Breaks my heart...I hope this asshole gets what he deserves. Hopefully you commit suicide and that's it.

LawMan5643 @ 10/21/2015 8:11 AM

R.I.P. my brother, & may God look after your family, friends, & co-workers. This just proves that judges need to be CLEARLY WATCHED! If you keep putting liberal judges on the bench, then we'll keep dealing with tragedy's such as this. Liberal judges don't believe in REAL PUNISHMENT! They believe everyone deserve's a second chance which simply shouldn't be the case.

Bob peterson @ 10/24/2015 6:15 PM

Jarvis hall needs to be executed . He doesn't need to survive in prison for the next 20 years. He should be charged with a hate crime. Blue lives matter. All lives matter. Stop this racist black lives matter. It's time to take back America. It's time to make what's right, right.

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