COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Why would a man with only misdemeanors on his South Carolina criminal record allegedly shoot and kill a police officer?
That's the task facing law enforcement investigators following the fatal shooting of Forest Acres police officer Greg Alia, who was killed inside Richland Mall.
The man accused in the shooting, Jarvis Hall, 34, was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Thursday afternoon.
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.
The case will be prosecuted by the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office.