Man sentenced to life in prison in South Carolina police officer’s death

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD/AP) – A man charged with killing a police officer at a South Carolina shopping mall nearly two years ago will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Jarvis Hall, 35, was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in the September 2015 shooting of 32-year-old Forest Acres Officer Greg Alia. Hall waived all rights to an appeal.

During the hearing on Tuesday, May 9, after Alia family and co-workers reflected on his life as well as forgiving Hall, he apologized for his actions. “I didn’t expect such positive statements from his family or anyone else,” Hall said. “I didn’t intend to say anything. I just wanted to point out that if I was in their shoes, I wouldn’t be as positive as they were and how their speeches were. I just want to apologize from my own mouth and say I’m sorry for their loss and I’d like to apologize to everybody that my actions have affected and also my family as well.”

Authorities say two officers were checking on a complaint about a suspicious person at Richland Mall when Hall ran from them.

Investigators say Alia caught up with Hall and was shot as the two men struggled.

Authorities say Hall was armed with a .40-caliber handgun that had been stolen from neighboring Lexington County less than a month before and also had a knife.

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