A police officer was fatally shot on Wednesday morning as he pursued a man through Richland Mall in Forest Acres, South Carolina, PEOPLE confirms.
Greg Alia, 32, was killed after he and two other officers responded to a report of a suspicious person at the mall. When they arrived, they found a man, later identified as 34-year-old Jarvis Hall, sitting inside a van outside the shopping center, according to The State.
The officers tried to talk to Hall, but he allegedly fled into the mall through a Barnes & Noble bookstore. After Alia chased him and caught up to him inside the mall, Hall allegedly pulled a gun on Alia and fatally shot him, a warrant obtained by the paper states.
Hall was taken into custody at the scene, WSPA reports. He has since been charged with murder and unlawful possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. It is not known whether he s entered a plea to the charges against him.
Alia, a seven-year veteran with the force, had recently welcomed a newborn son with his wife, Kassy, the Associated Press reports.
Flags outside Forest Acres police headquarters were lowered to half-mast on Wednesday in Alia’s memory. “He was an outstanding young man. He was an outstanding police officer,” Police Chief Gene Sealy said, according to The State. “He was a role model for our new police officers.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Alia’s family. You can donate here.
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