Suspect identified in Columbia, S.C. mall shooting that killed officer

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – One police officer is dead following a shooting Wednesday morning at the Richland Mall in Columbia.

Courtesy of WSPA
Courtesy of WSPA

The officers were called to the scene for a report of a suspicious person.

According to CBS affiliate WLTX, the shooter’s name is Jarvis Hall.

Hall was taken into custody at the scene.

The officer, Greg Alia, a seven-year veteran of the Forest Acres Police Department, was married with a new baby.

We will have additional information as it becomes available.

The police department released the following statement:

Our Forest Acres Police Department puts themselves out on the line for us everyday; with no expectations of thanks, reward, or thoughts for their own safety.

Today that risk was revealed as we mourn the tragic murder Officer Gregory Alia.

The Town of Forest Acres is a close knit family and the entire community is heartbroken. We are coming together to support our police officers and the Alia family. We will continue to care for and support his newborn son, wife, and parents.

We ask that everyone pray for and think about the Alia’s; as we honor Greg’s memory and follow his lead of service above self.

Sincerely,

Mayor Frank Brunson

On behalf of the entire City

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