Dillard‰Ûªs worker Danielle Primavera, 57, volunteered to be taken hostage by the gunman, identified by police as James Hale Smith, 31, of Tucson. She volunteered to take the place of a younger woman Smith was holding at gunpoint. Smith, police said, had fled a botched robbery at a restaurant minutes earlier and headed west to the mall, with police behind him. Sgt. Paul Hawks, who killed the man, thought he was putting himself in mortal danger, up against a cornered man with a firearm, as Hawks repeatedly told Smith to drop his weapon. The firearm was an air pistol, police said, but Hawks had no way to know that. Hawks held his fire, even while the gunman repeatedly pointed the pistol at him from 10 to 15 feet away. He did not fire until the woman struggled with the gunman, giving the sergeant one clear shot.

ID: 198

Victms Name: James Hale Smith
Age: 31
Gender: Male
Race: European-American/White

City: Tucson
County: Pima
State: AZ
Zip Code: 85711
Country: United States of America

Agency: Tucson Police Department

Cause of Death: Gunshot

Circumstances surrounding mental health: Dillard‰Ûªs worker Danielle Primavera, 57, volunteered to be taken hostage by the gunman, identified by police as James Hale Smith, 31, of Tucson. She volunteered to take the place of a younger woman Smith was holding at gunpoint. Smith, police said, had fled a botched robbery at a restaurant minutes earlier and headed west to the mall, with police behind him. Sgt. Paul Hawks, who killed the man, thought he was putting himself in mortal danger, up against a cornered man with a firearm, as Hawks repeatedly told Smith to drop his weapon. The firearm was an air pistol, police said, but Hawks had no way to know that. Hawks held his fire, even while the gunman repeatedly pointed the pistol at him from 10 to 15 feet away. He did not fire until the woman struggled with the gunman, giving the sergeant one clear shot.

Symptoms of mental health: No

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