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Officer accused in DUI crash kills himself days before court

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News 8 video screen shot of police presence outside Officer David Christopher Hall’s Kearny Mesa home in the 3300 block of Ashford Street on Monday, August 1, 2011. News 8 video screen shot of police presence outside Officer David Christopher Hall’s Kearny Mesa home in the 3300 block of Ashford Street on Monday, August 1, 2011.
Officer David Christopher Hall in court. Officer David Christopher Hall in court.

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS) – A police motorcycle patrolman facing criminal charges for allegedly causing an off-duty hit-and-run accident in Serra Mesa while drunk last winter killed himself Monday at his Kearny Mesa home, authorities reported.

Just before 10 a.m. Monday, a woman who identified herself as the wife of Officer David Christopher Hall called 911 to report that her husband had taken his life in the backyard of their Kearny Mesa home. Hall was pronounced dead at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Hall was a 14-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department. He was undergoing counseling through the SDPD's Wellness Unit, and last met with them Sunday.

The officer was on paid administrative leave pending the results of an investigation and court proceedings after an arrest for DUI and hit and run in February.

At a briefing Monday afternoon, San Diego police Chief William Lansdowne confirmed that the 14-year SDPD officer had "tragically taken his own life."

Upon hearing the news late Monday morning, Lansdowne went to Hall's home, where he met with the patrolman's family "and made sure that the appropriate support systems were in place to assist them during this difficult time."

"The San Diego Police Department was very aware of the stress he was under (following his arrest) and had taken every effort to get (him) the help he needed," the chief told reporters. "In fact, our newly formed wellness unit had met with him just yesterday. Unfortunately, even with the help and support provided, Officer Hall unexpectedly decided to take his own life."

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - There has been a death reported at a police officer's house in Kearny Mesa Monday morning.

About 20 police officers are on the scene of Officer David Christopher Hall's home in the 3300 block of Ashford Street. A call from inside the home was placed around 9:45 a.m. Monday, regarding a death inside the home. The identity of the deceased has not been revealed.

According to News 8 live reports, the law enforcement presence at the Linda Vista home includes high-ranking officers from the San Diego Police Department.

Officer Hall was involved in a DUI traffic collision on February 2, 2011 on Murray Ridge Road in the Serra Mesa area. A female driver was hit during the collision.

Hall pleaded not guilty on May 2 to DUI charges and felony hit-and-run, because he fled the scene and returned to his home. He was scheduled to be back in court on August 4.

Hall, 41, has a wife and a teenage son. He's a motorcycle officer with the San Diego Police Department.

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