A Chicago, Ill., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Minnesota after he pulled a loaded gun on a St. Paul officer in June, charges say.
Allen Denzell Oliver-Hall, 27, had been charged in Ramsey County Court with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon following the June 21 incident.
On Thursday, U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota Andrew Luger announced that Oliver-Hall had been indicted in federal court on a charge of possession of a firearm as a felon.
Charges say St. Paul police responded to a report of a domestic incident on the 1500 block of Timberlake Road around 3:20 p.m. that day. The reporting party, referred to as KA in the complaint, told police that Oliver-Hall had been drunk and earlier barricaded the door preventing her from gaining entry to retrieve belongings.
Oliver-Hall opened the door to the responding officer and let him inside. The officer observed that Oliver-Hall’s eyes were bloodshot and he smelled of alcohol. The officer thought he may still be drunk, the Ramsey County charging document says.
Oliver-Hall confirmed to the officer that he didn’t live in the apartment but was just visiting KA.
The officer offered to give Oliver-Hall a ride to another location, but Oliver-Hall was resistant and asked the officer to leave. The officer said he couldn’t do that because KA wanted the officer to remain in the apartment. Oliver-Hall walked over to a couch and stated that he wasn’t going back to jail.
The officer tried to assure Oliver-Hall that he wasn’t looking to take him to jail — he just wanted to give Oliver-Hall a ride somewhere.
Oliver-Hall repeatedly and desperately said he would leave if the officer turned his back for a few seconds. The officer thought Oliver-Hall was trying to distract him and conceal contraband. The officer asked dispatch for another squad to respond at that point.
The officer then noticed the butt of a gun between Oliver-Hall’s legs as he sat on the couch and realized he was in a life-threatening situation, the charges say. The officer tried to grab Oliver-Hall and ordered him to keep his hands up.
Oliver-Hall grabbed the handgun and drew it to within inches of the officer’s face. The officer grabbed the gun’s barrel, pushed it away from his face, and tackled Oliver-Hall. They landed on the couch. Oliver-Hall had his finger near the gun’s trigger and yelled, “The gun is loaded!” The officer turned his head and closed his eyes anticipating a gunshot, but the gun did not fire. The officer continued to force the gun away from him believing that Oliver-Hall would shoot him if he got control of the gun. The officer was finally able to wrestle the gun from Oliver-Hall, and he threw it across the living room floor.
The officer continued to wrestle with Oliver-Hall to prevent him from getting the gun until other officers arrived and he was cuffed and taken into custody.
The handgun with an extended magazine had a round in the chamber. It was eventually determined that the gun had been stolen from Georgia.
The U.S. Attorney’s press release said that Oliver-Hall has multiple prior felony convictions in Cook County, Ill., rendering him prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.
Oliver-Hall made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court on Aug. 2 and remains in federal custody at this time.
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