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.