Mother of man killed by Roanoke police in 2019 demands release of video

State police claim Chase Austin pointed a gun at an officer before he was killed

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ROANOKE, Va. – A woman whose son was killed by a Roanoke city police officer in 2019 wants the video evidence of her son’s last moments to be released to the public.

Lori Hall’s son, Chase Austin, was killed in October 2019 after an officer-involved shooting in Roanoke near the Krispy Kreme on Hershberger Road NW.

Austin was killed after he became confrontational and pointed a semi-automatic pistol at a Roanoke city police officer during their conversation, according to Virginia State Police.

Hall and her attorneys filed a petition in Roanoke County circuit court on Wednesday seeking to access records related to the investigation.

Hall claims she was allowed to view surveillance footage of the incident one time. She claims her lawyer wasn’t present when she saw the video, but that the “footage contradicts the Roanoke Commonwealth’s Attorney’s conclusion that the shooting of Chase was justified.

Hall claims there are several discrepancies between Roanoke City Commonwealth’s Attorney Donald Caldwell’s “retelling” of the details of the shooting and Hall’s understanding of the details based on “news reports and her viewing of surveillance footage.”

Arguably the biggest discrepancy is that Hall claims her son engaged in a “peaceful conversation” with a Roanoke city police officer and didn’t point a gun at an officer or officers.

The security camera footage was apparently collected by nearby private businesses. Hall and her attorneys claim she has spent the last several months trying to get information about her son’s death from the Roanoke City Police Department and the Virginia State Police without luck.

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