Two police officers have lodged an appeal against a finding by a coroner’s jury that they killed a suspect without a lawful excuse, The Nassau Guardian has learned.
A five-member jury determined that Hubert Hall was unlawfully killed on February 25, 2010, at Tower Estates, San Souci.
Sergeant 2382 Jeffrey Cantor and Corporal 836 Charles Anthon were in pursuit of a burglary suspect when Hall was fatally shot.
Anthon was speaking to attorney Cedric Parker, who was leaving home for work around 5 a.m. when the shot was fired.
Cantor said he shot Hall, 47, in the back during an alleged confrontation in the back of a yard.
According to Cantor, he saw Hall, a suspect in a burglary, drop a box and during a pursuit Hall allegedly swung a knife and screwdriver at him.
However, during the inquest Cantor said that he did not deliberately shoot Hall, claiming that his revolver accidentally fired when he fell to the ground.
Cantor also said that he was not in fear for his life when he drew his gun.
Firearms expert Charles Bain said that it was impossible for the gun to accidentally fire in those circumstances.
It is up to the attorney general’s office to determine if the officers will be prosecuted for Hall’s death.
In his notice of appeal, attorney Lennox Coleby said that the verdict was not supported by the evidence.
Officers Akiel Smith and Carl Smith were charged with manslaughter almost three years after a coroner’s jury determined that Aaron’s Rolle’s death was unlawful.
The officers were placed on paid administrative leave after Rolle died in the lock up at the station on Quakoo Street.
Rolle died from a ruptured intestine, the result of blunt force trauma to the torso, according to a pathologist.
Rolle, of Ross Corner, was being held on suspicion of housebreaking and armed robbery at the time of his death.
At the inquest, the officers said that they used force to restrain Rolle during an alleged escape attempt.