PITTSBURGH, PA (July 17, 2019) — The following is a statement from Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Chief Scott Schubert:
“It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart that I must inform the public that Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officer Calvin Hall passed away earlier today at UPMC Presbyterian.
“We as a Bureau are heartbroken. We are in mourning. We are supporting each other, and we are keeping Officer Hall’s family in our prayers and doing whatever we can to support and lift them in this dark, devastating time.
“Officer Hall was on the force for two years after previously working for Braddock Police. In his time here he left an indelible mark on his brother and sister officers, as well as the community he served. He was known for his quick smile, ever-optimistic attitude and for his career-long focus on community policing. He was a model officer. He made it a priority to connect with residents, and succeeded in doing so.
“Officer Hall was shot three times in the back July 14 on the 7300 block of Monticello Street. He fought valiantly for more than three days before succumbing to his injuries.
“Regarding the investigation, we are investigating Officer Hall’s death as a homicide, and we are investigating the strong possibility, based on gathered evidence, that Officer Hall, who was off duty, was in fact acting under the color of the law when he was fatally shot.
“That will be determined investigatively at a later date. Ceremonially, Officer Hall will receive the full burial honors that he deserves.
“We all want answers. However, this is an ongoing investigation. As in all cases, we must maintain the integrity of the investigation and so we cannot comment further at this time.
“We also ask again that media and the public respect the family's privacy while they mourn Officer Hall’s passing. Keep them in your prayers, but please give them the space they need and deserve at this dark time.
“Additional information, including funeral arrangements, will be released by the PIO Office when available.”