SeMo Relatives, Friends Question Police Shooting of Ex-Marine

NOVEMBER 28, 2006 - Posted at 1:09 p.m. CST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Those who knew Derek Hale growing up in Cape Girardeau are questioning why police in Delaware had to shoot and kill the 25-year-old ex-Marine.

Hale, of Manassas, Virginia, was killed November 6.  Police, seeking to question Hale in a drug investigation, say he was first shot with a Taser after refusing to remove his hands from his pockets.  When a struggle continued, a Wilmington, Delaware, officer shot him with a gun.

Investigations continue.  Hale's widow plans a wrongful death lawsuit.

Hale's father, who lives in Cape Girardeau, says his son was a good kid.  One acquaintance recalls how Hale befriended an autistic boy, and calls it ironic that a young man who served two tours in Iraq would die at the hands of police.

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