ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Lori Hall has unanswered questions after her son, Chase Austin, was shot and killed by a Roanoke City police officer on October 16th.
Austin was shot and killed by a police officer on Wednesday afternoon. According to a Virginia State Police press release, Austin was armed and pointed a black semi-automatic pistol at the officer before he was shot.
Hall says she has yet to see her son’s body and has not been able to view any footage of the incident.
“I want to see the footage with my own eyes,” said Hall.
But Hall says what she is hearing from police has differed from eyewitness accounts of the incident and she wants answers.
“They’re not allowing me to grieve by seeing my son, but yet they’re telling me to have compassion for the officer who shot and killed him,” Hall said. “He went home to his family last night. He’s on administrative leave. My son is dead,” Hall said. “They stole a piece of my life.”
Hall says her son has had prior incidents with police but did not have a violent history.
“He was a good son and I love him. And now I have to bury him at 28,” Hall said.
Lori Hall says growing up, her son was a defender of the underdog.
“If anyone was picked on, or had a disability he’d befriend them.”
In a phone interview with WFXR, Hall says her father passed away on September 4th and that Austin was particularly close to his grandfather.
Hall says Austin was shot dead just weeks before his 29th birthday.
The incident has been turned over to Virginia State Police and the department is actively investigating the matter. According to a spokesperson for the department, investigators are reviewing surveillance video from nearby businesses and have requested body camera footage from the Roanoke City Police Department. Once the investigation is concluded, they will turn it over to the Commonwealth Attorney’s office for review.
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